Chelsea Hollow

Style: World; Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre


Title: Vocalist, Curator, Commissioner, Educator


Chelsea Hollow “has rewritten the book on the potential of musical activism” creating art that invites her audiences to think collectively and gain perspective. Hollow cherishes her mission as an artist to build capacity for empathy, harness a venue for community healing, and amplify marginalized voices. In 2019, she commissioned, curated, and toured with her feminist recital, Voice for the Voiceless. This work inspired a call for proposals in 2020 which brought together composers and librettists from around the globe to musically chronicle activist movements from the 20th and 21st centuries in eight different languages. In recognition of this project, Chelsea was invited to present a talk on Art and Activism (2021) for the United Nations’ Office of Human Rights in collaboration with Freemuse where she premiered one of these commissions, “I Could Not Allow That to Stand,” Jason Cady’s setting of a speech by his congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The remaining 2020 commissions received their premiere performance in Cycles of Resistance (2022), and will be released as a full length album with Aerocade Music in April 2023.

In addition to her solo work, Hollow was sought out by the San Francisco Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (RASOTA) Vocal Department to create a program for students to work on from home. Hollow created, The Young Activist’s Songbook (2021), commissioning song repertoire for young voices using texts by Bay Area high school students, The Kids and Art Foundation, and other anonymous community members. Highlights from the 21 commissioned songs include, “Being a Student in 2020” (Emily Shisko), “The Future Holds Water in a Wicker Basket” (Joel Chapman), and “I am Growing” (JooWan Kim).

The world is ever changing and Hollow looks forward to using her passion, training, and vision to create classical music that is impactful and personal, even beyond her solo projects. In traditional operatic productions, Chelsea has performed locally in the Bay Area, throughout the United States, and internationally. Known for her “soaring high range” and “stage panache,” favorite roles include Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte/Mozart), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos/Strauss), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail/Mozart), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann/Offenbach), Lakmé (Lakmé/Delibes), and Marie (La Fille du régiment/Donizetti). Recent soloist appearances include Concerto for Two Orchestras (Gubaidulina) with the Berkeley Symphony, Carmina Burana (Orff) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra and Judas Maccabaeus by Handel with the San Francisco City Chorus.

Chelsea is thrilled to bring a depth of artistry to her more traditional performances as well as cultivating ever more opportunities in creating new works, challenging social norms, and updating her societal role as an artist with a mission. For more information on Chelsea’s work and upcoming performances, please visit Chelsea has a thriving live teaching studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys working with students outside of the area through zoom. Lessons focus on technical understanding (tone/breath/alignment/etc), building a strong practice routine, goal setting for intentional work ethic/growth, authentic performance techniques, confidence in artistry, and finding artistic satisfaction & mission. In addition, Chelsea has many outreach offerings including masterclasses, guest studio teacher, lecturer/facilitator, and more. Topics of interest include: operatic activism, collaborating with pianists, collaborating with composers, music preparation skills, commissioning new music, recital curation, and starting your electronic kit (vocoder, looper pedal, mainstage, midi controllers, etc).

Voice Type: Soprano

Music Styles Taught: World; Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre

Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment

Contact Information


1326 8th St
Alameda, CA
USA 94501

TEL: 805-901-4147


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