Chelsea Loew (b. 1992: Charleston, SC) is a composer, music educator, choral alto, and pianist residing in Long Island, NY. She has been commissioned by numerous ensembles and organizations including the Siroko Duo, the Strong National Museum of Play, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston Orchestra, and the Cane Bay Cobra Chorale. Her works have been performed during various festivals including the Oregon Bach Composers Symposium, Southern Division American Choral Directors Association, Piccolo Spoleto, and the European American Musical Alliance. Her music is deeply communicative and seeks expression through the use of texture, timbre, color, and rhythmic and intervallic relationships. She enjoys engaging with other art forms, and is especially intrigued by the relationship between music and text.
Chelsea has studied with numerous composers including Matthew Barnson, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Narcis Bonet, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and Edward Hart. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Composition from Stony Brook University where she serves as a graduate assistant. She holds degrees from Eastman School of Music (M.A.) and the College of Charleston (B.A.). Awards for her work include: School of the Arts Scholar, Outstanding Student Award, Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music, and the Rob Taylor Award for Outstanding Musicianship.
Chelsea desires to enrich the community through instilling a love and understanding of music to various generations. She currently teaches undergraduate music theory at Stony Brook University and private piano lessons in the Long Island area. While residing in Rochester, NY, Chelsea served as the choir director and staff accompanist for Plank South Elementary School and was the graduate assistant for the Composition Department at Eastman. While in Charleston, Chelsea taught piano and music theory for five years at Encore Music Studios, was a music theory tutor at the College of Charleston, played piano for the CofC Contemporary Ensemble, served as the alto section leader for CofC Concert Choir and the Church of the Holy Communion, and took the role of assistant director for CofC Concerts. She has also been a member of the Charleston-based Taylor Festival Choir for the past 4 seasons.
Outside of music, Chelsea loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, exploring the outdoors, being on the water, hiking, playing card games, reading poetry, and loving on cute animals.