Chelsea Whitaker is an American collaborative pianist based in Boston, enjoying a diverse career including art song, opera, chamber, and musical theatre work in North America and Europe. She is in high demand for her supportive and reliable collaboration, coaching, and teaching. A native of Kansas, she received her BM in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City: Conservatory of Music and Dance under the instruction of Dr. Robert Weirich. She continued her studies at the University of Southern California: Thornton School of Music and received her MM in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, studying under Dr. Alan Smith.
Chelsea’s most recent work in the Boston area has included a staff pianist position in the voice department at Boston University; teaching fellowships at New England Conservatory in the voice and piano departments; music directing for Boston Opera Collaborative productions; serving as the assistant music director and keyboardist for Show Boat at the Shubert theater; Liederabend concerts with New England Conservatory and the Boston Art Song Society; and a salon-style performance collaborating with Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee. Passionate about American art song, and particularly that of living composers, she has worked with composers such as John Harbison, Jake Heggie, John Musto, Ben Moore, Paul Moravec, Alan Louis Smith, and John Heiss. As a guest performer of Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith, Chelsea appeared in recital at Merkin Hall in New York City in an all-American art song program. In summer 2018, Chelsea will be part of the vocal coaching faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Vocal Program.
Chelsea currently studies under Cameron Stowe and Jonathan Feldman at New England Conservatory, where she is completing her DMA degree in Collaborative Piano.