TEACHING ARTIST

Chelsea's classroom is accessible for the new learner and also challenging for the more advanced student. She imparts her technical expertise without becoming academic - she is a true creative! Her contribution to stART in 2016 resulted in serious growth from many of our students, musicians versed and aspiring, and with such positive results we hope Chelsea can collaborate with us again in the future!

- Marcus Crawford Guy

Creative Adviser and Teaching Artist Coordinator

stART

Teaching is an integral part of my artistic practice. Helping students nurture their unique voices, feel grounded in breath and body, and express themselves fully is my greatest privilege and passion. 

I have extensive experience as a teaching artist in both group and individual settings. From 2010-2014, I co-developed and led empowerment workshops for primary and secondary school students in Arusha, Tanzania with Art Powers Arusha. During my graduate studies, I was awarded a Vocal Mentorship internship from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, which gave me the opportunity to study pedagogy and guest-teach in the NYC public school system. In 2016 I joined StART Osceola, working with high-school students in Kissimmee, FL to present an original multidisciplinary performance. I had the honor of teaching collegiate-level voice students at the Härn​ösand Summer Opera Academy in  Härn​ösand, Sweden from 2014-2016. I have been a guest teacher of English and German lyric diction at Juilliard and Brooklyn College. From 2017-2020, I taught elementary school chorus and general music classes through star violinist Midori's educational organization, Midori & Friends.

I offer private lessons both virtually and at my home studio in Philadelphia. My students comprise people of all ages, experience levels, and aspirations, including actors and other professionals who want to speak with less strain in their daily lives. Drawing on my experience in classical, musical theater, and pop/rock genres, acting, lyric diction, dialects, and bodywork, I strive to approach each student's needs eclectically, intuitively, and adaptively.

I am excited to help my students achieve their goals, and consider connecting with one's voice to be an important goal in itself. Every voice is worthy of being heard and nurtured.

If you are interested in voice lessons or hiring me as a guest teaching artist, please contact me

It was an enriching experience working as a student with Chelsea Feltman during the stART program’s 2016 summer. Chelsea’s professionalism in the workspace was a fitting example for me and many of the younger students of how a true artist works. She pushed us to join her on that level and encouraged us to work to our fullest capacities. Though time was limited, Chelsea proved to be an efficient yet attentive instructor. She was understanding throughout the entire process of all the various levels of musicianship in the room and worked with it to shape a beautiful ensemble where no one felt left out. She created a space where creativity and fun collided with professionalism and passion. The experience Chelsea provided in such a brief time was one I won’t forget as a growing musician and artist.