Chealsea 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 still 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 Ms Allen as part of their faculty.
Ms 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. Off- stage, she remains very active in the music community, whether performing with non-traditional groups, such as the Fort Collins Chamber Music Society, or teaching a wide array of students, including those in the El Sistema Denver program to college students in Northern Colorado.
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.
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. She earned her B.M. at the University of Iowa in viola performance under the tutelage of Christine Rutledge and Michael Kimber.