Chelsea Whitaker is a collaborative pianist based in Boston, enjoying a diverse career including art song, opera, chamber, and musical theatre work. 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, John Heiss, and Matthew Recio. Chelsea has performed in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Merkin Hall in New York City, and Jordan Hall in Boston.
Chelsea’s most recent work in the Boston area has included vocal coaching at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; a staff pianist position in the voice department at Boston University; coaching and teaching fellowships at New England Conservatory in the voice, opera, and piano departments; music directing 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, Boston Art Song Society, and Calliope's Call; and a salon-style performance collaborating with Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee. Additionally, Chelsea has recently performed with Cincinnati Song Initiative and Sparks and Wiry Cries.
A native of Kansas, she received her BM in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City: Conservatory of Music and Dance studying under Robert Weirich. She continued her studies at the University of Southern California: Thornton School of Music and received her MM in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, under the instruction of Alan Smith. Chelsea completed her DMA degree in Collaborative Piano at New England Conservatory, studying under Cameron Stowe and Jonathan Feldman.