Chelsea Komschlies, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, is a senior at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she studies composition with Dr. Geoff Wilson. Chelsea grew up creating and loving visual art of all sorts, thinking someday she would become an artist like her mother. It wasn’t until Chelsea was a teenager that she began to discover styles of music she truly moved her, and eventually she developed a love of music even stronger than her love of visual art. Chelsea uses real or imagined images as inspiration for her works, and listeners often say her music has visual qualities. Her most important goal is that her music be as affective as possible, and she continually explores compositional ways of reaching diverse audiences on an intimate level.
Chelsea has written works for various performing forces, including chorus, orchestra, concert band, and several chamber ensembles. In June 2012, she was selected to participate in the Fresh Inc Festival, during which she studied with David Rakowski and Stacy Garrop. Chelsea was also chosen to participate in the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in July of the same year, where she studied with Larry Alan Smith, Eric Ewazen, and David Macbride. Chelsea plans to pursue an advanced degree in composition after completing her studies at Wartburg. In addition to composing art music, she is also interested in writing music for film. Chelsea plays the flute and is principal flutist with the Wartburg Community Symphony. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry and sculpture.
Driving in the Air
for trumpet, tenor saxophone, and bassoon
for flute, cello, and piano