Chelsea House Orchestra

Celtic with a Kick! 

High Energy Celtic Inspired Performance Group

Chelsea, Michigan 

Chelsea House Orchestra (CHO) provides a varied and colorful performance repertoire with the majority of the music derived from traditional Celtic sources. However, other folk music sources are used to provide students with an eclectic musical experience.

The basic philosophy of the arrangements is to allow everyone in the group to enjoy Celtic music as much as possible. Consequently, the majority of the playing is melody based with very little inner harmony or separate part writing. This truly provides students a contrasting experience from their normal school orchestra.

All music is memorized and arrangements often evolve from rehearsals and suggestions from students. Individuals are showcased through the use of solos, duos, and special features.

Students are also encouraged to learn other instruments such as mandolin, guitar, bodhran, djembe, cajon, various folk percussion, bass, bouzouki and anything else they can think of that has a folk connection.

Book CHO 

for Your Festival

Chelsea House Orchestra would love to play at your event. Past performances have been for large and small festivals, outdoor music series, ceilidhs, annual events/fundraisers, large parties and celebrations. CHO would be an lively and fun main-feature performance for your event. 


“Chelsea House Orchestra played a variety of Celtic music with a professional level of artistry and expression.”

Dr. Michael Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Michigan 

“Chelsea House Orchestra brings incredible energy and life to their performances.”

Dr. Stephen Benham, Professor of Music, Duquesne University 

“CHO performs their music authentically and skillfully, yet at the same time with serenity and expressiveness.”

Dr. Robert Gardner, Professor of Music Education, Penn State University 

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