Chelsea Shanoff is a Canadian saxophonist and teacher. Drawn to strange sounds and collaboration, Chelsea is an active 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, Esprit Orchestra, the Bicycle Opera Project, Toy Piano Composers, and Caution Tape Sound Collective. Chelsea has performed throughout Canada, the United States and South America. Chelsea’s projects have been supported by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and she has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Bekah Simms, Chris Thornborrow, Robert Lemay, Hiroki Tsurumoto, David Jaeger and Adam Scime. Chelsea is curator at the Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music.
Equal parts performer and teacher, Chelsea is on faculty at the University of Toronto and also maintains a lively private studio. At the University of Toronto, Chelsea teaches applied lessons to undergraduate and graduate saxophonists, coaches chamber groups, and leads masterclasses.
Chelsea is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, with mentorship from saxophonist Dr. Wallace Halladay, cellist Paul Widner, somatic pedagogue Angela Haweleshka, and researcher Dr. Michael Thaut. Chelsea’s research interests include saxophonists’ posture, playing-related injuries, and holistic movement practices. As a yoga instructor with a curiosity for exploring the mind-body connection, Chelsea enjoys leading yoga-based classes and workshops for musicians.
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.