Chealsea (she/her/hers) has been actively performing both near (from the Colorado Rockies to New York City) and far (in Orvieto, Italy). In 2012, she founded her own teaching studio, which focuses on sharing the joy of music-making with violin and viola students of all ages. In 2013 she expanded and found a great passion sharing her love of music with students at Colorado State University through the Music Appreciation course. One year later, Front Range Community College sought to include Mrs Allen as part of their faculty.
Mrs Allen has been a member of the Polaris and Pluto String Quartets; she also was a founding member of the Carnero String Quartet. During her time with the Carnero String Quartet she performed in masterclasses led by notable ensembles such as the Mendelssohn Trio, the Minetti and the Borromeo String Quartets.
In addition to performing and teaching, she has also completed numerous research projects including "Baroque Performance for the Modern Musician" -- for which she received a fellowship from the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, as well as portions of her work being published in J.S. Bach Overture-Suite in B minor: Informed Performance Edition by Betty Bang Mather and Dean M. Karns -- and "Getting to Know Viola Works: Der Schwanendreher" -- which she presented at University of Northern Colorado's inaugural Colorado Viola Celebration Day.
When not teaching or performing, Chealsea enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and fur family. She loves books, tea, and a nice sunny day.
Chealsea Allen completed her M.M. with an emphasis in viola performance, violin and viola pedagogy, and chamber music from Colorado State University, studying with Margaret Miller and Leslie Stewart.
She earned her B.M. at the University of Iowa in viola performance under the tutelage of Christine Rutledge and Michael Kimber.
Mrs Allen plays on a 2020 viola by Stanley Kiernoziak of Chicago.