Chelsea French

Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Chelsea received her Master of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University in 2005. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from DePaul University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

A few of her most significant teachers/mentors through the years have been: Mark Fisher, Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, Randall Hawes, and Vance Shoemaker.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

The philosophy that Ms. French has is that the instructor should teach the student how to teach him/herself by focusing on practice methods, ear training, music interpretation/phrasing.

Awards and achievements: 

Chelsea has played with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the South Dakota Symphony, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and many regional orchestras in the Chicago area.  Chelsea has received local, national and international recognition by winning the Chicago-area Musicians' Club of Women solo competition, the International Trombone Association's Marstellar Solo Competition, and the National Trombone Solo Competition held at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Additionally, she is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-200+) The Shambhava School of Yoga at Chi-Town Shakti.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Mr. French is also involved with International Chamber Artists, clinician and guest artist at Eastern Illinois Univeristy-Low Brass Day.

Interests outside of music: 

Aside from her interests in music, Chelsea also enjoys barefoot distance running, teaching yoga, playing the guitar, and horseback riding.

Favorite quote: 

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)

Favorite practice tip: 

Play it like the best singer in the world would sing it. If your metronome runs out of batteries, don't keep practicing. Go get more batteries, and THEN get back to practicing.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 


Favorite musical moment: 

It's a tie between performing a trombone concerto for a hall packed full of trombonists at the 1998 International Trombone Festival, and performing with the pop singer Adele in front of more than 20,000 fans.