I have a question for you...
Is there anything more devastating than when your mind spins out of control mid performance, you try to recover but you can't stop thinking about it and it just becomes a train wreck? (pfew)
LITERALLY NOTHING is more frustrating. We spin into a land of negative self-talk and inadequate feelings. Do you ever wish you could take control of your thoughts and stop shaming yourself?
Good news, YOU CAN.
My name is Chelsea Tanner and I work with classical musicians who want to finally take control of their thoughts.
I give them tools to practice the thoughts that will serve them in their practice room, performances, and lives in music. I know this industry well, and it is a TOUGH road to go down in whatever avenue you’re trying to navigate. We audition for orchestras and competitions that are so competitive, going up against hundreds of other people. We apply for the 5-10 jobs open any given year and have experience such high amounts of failure and rejection. These feelings are intense and REAL. Some of my lowest points are from missing one note at an audition. It is DEVASTATING to work for hundreds of hours for one moment, just to be dismissed after 5 minutes. This stuff is REAL, and nobody talks about to deal with it. This is the hardest part of being a musician.
Having served on faculties at Penn State University and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, I’ve found the number one thing holding students back in their progress is their mindset. I focus on mindset because I believe it is the key to everything, you heard me: EVERYTHING. Your thoughts create your feelings, which fuel your actions, which create your results. These results are called your life. If you change your thoughts, you change your life.
I decided to do this work because I don't think musicians should suffer. It's easy to think of ourselves as "non-essential" or to just assume we don't make as much money as other people. There is so much that society tells us to think about what we do and our worth. Let me tell you, that is for YOU to decide and nobody else.
This work is empowering and important. I will never live another day without this work and my life has changed in so many ways I never thought possible. I no longer care what anyone (and I mean ANYONE) thinks of my playing. This is totally freeing, let me tell you. How much better would you perform if you didn't have that little voice in your head saying, "But what if they don't like it?"
How much more would you enjoy your own performances if you had that kind of self confidence?
This is why I do what I do, I believe we need to be coached on our thoughts and our mindset, just like we need to be coached on our excerpts. Have you ever heard someone say, "it's all mental"? Umm that's cause it is!
And for those of you looking for something a little more formal...
Chelsea Tanner maintains an active career as an enthusiastic performer and teacher. She is currently serving on the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Chelsea is also currently finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Chelsea has recently served on the faculty at Penn State University as Interim Instructor of Flute. She has also performed with orchestras such as the San Antonio Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Akron Symphony, and the Binghamton Philharmonic. Chelsea was second flute in the Central Texas Philharmonic from 2016-2019. Her career as a performer has led her to perform in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Round Top Festival Institute.
Chelsea has been active in competitions across the country. She has been a finalist in the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters National Woodwind Competition, and a quarterfinalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She was the winner of the Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Competition, the Women in Music Scholarship Auditions, and the Ohio State University Concerto Competition.
Chelsea received her Artist Diploma from The University of Texas at Austin studying with Marianne Gedigian. She earned her Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University studying with Jeanne Baxtresser, and her Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University with Katherine Borst Jones.
Chelsea is an active member of the Emissary Quartet, a long distance flute quartet dedicated to the development of flute quartet repertoire. (emissaryquartet.com)