Chelsea Shanoff is a Canadian saxophonist, teacher, and yoga instructor. Chelsea is a member of Thin Edge New Music Collective, and has performed with notable groups such as the National Ballet Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Contact Contemporary Ensemble, the Bicycle Opera Project, Toy Piano Composers, and Caution Tape Sound Collective. Chelsea has performed throughout Canada, the United States and South America. Her projects have been supported by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and she has commissioned and premiered works by notable composers such as Bekah Simms, Chris Thornborrow, Robert Lemay, Hiroki Tsurumoto, David Jaegar and Adam Scime.
Chelsea is on faculty at the University of Toronto where she teaches applied lessons to undergraduate and graduate saxophonists, coaches a saxophone quartet, and leads masterclasses. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto, researching performance-related injuries and posture among saxophonists. As a yoga instructor with a curiosity for exploring the mind-body connection, Chelsea enjoys leading yoga-based classes and workshops for both musicians and non-musicians. She is currently teaching yoga to patients at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.
Chelsea received her Masters of Music from Arizona State University, where she studied saxophone performance with Dr. Timothy McAllister. She completed her Bachelors of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto studying with Dr. Wallace Halladay. Chelsea has also received lessons and masterclass instruction from saxophonists Taimur Sullivan, Alex Dean, Rhonda Taylor, Nobuya Sugawa and Ida Toninato.