Enrollment for this challenge is open!!


Have you ever felt like no matter what you do, you can’t reach the next level in your practice and performance? Maybe your practice routine is dialed in, but... you're feeling like your artistry is lacking. Or, maybe your performance feels stuck and tense. You may feel like you’re leaving so much of your expression backstage. All of these scenarios are so frustrating. 


If you’ve felt any of this, you’re definitely not alone… we see so many musicians face these challenges, and we have faced them ourselves! Naturally, we all want tangible solutions: do more of this exercise, practice this many hours, take a few lessons with X teacher.



Here's the truth: the way you take your playing to the next level is by adapting a holistic approach that allows you to bring your whole self to your musicianship. And at the very foundation of you lies your body & breath, which are both central to your music making.


Your body vibrates to help you create sound, your breath leads the way, and both your body and breath work together to bring your creative ideas to life. 


We designed this challenge to help you develop a body and breath that is open and free, allowing you to remain healthy, play with more ease and expand your expressive potential. 




During this challenge you will: 

► Learn breathing techniques to help you play better, stay centered and increase focus in the practice room and on stage 

► Explore how to embody your music making, bringing your musical ideas to life in tangible ways

► Open up new avenues of not only remaining healthy, but elevating your ability to communicate to an audience

► Gain techniques to release tension and prevent injury 

► Learn a set of mobility exercises specifically for musicians 



How does it work?

Inside the challenge you get:

  • Easy-to-follow weekly lessons via email
  • Live events from us and world-class guests surrounding the challenge's topic with recordings to watch later
  • PDF and video resources to support your learning accessible in our online platform
  • A space of accountability and support within our digital platform, community group and emails
  • PLUS Monday Meetups to get all of your questions answered about the challenge



You're in the right place if you want to:


🙋‍♀️ Take specific action to develop strategies for playing with more ease, releasing tension, and becoming more expressive in your playing

📖  Gain knowledge and get access to up-to-date resources curated to support your journey as a 21st century musician 

🌱  Get accountability and support while staying focused on a specific goal. Remember: no excuses here, just messy action!

🌎  Learn from thought leaders and musicians that are doing incredible things from all around the world. Who you surround yourself with impacts your mood and trajectory!

Are you ready to play with more ease and expressivity? 




March 18 - April 15

  • Access to all 14 lessons and action steps delivered via email 

  • Attend the 5 live events on the schedule above + recordings to watch later, accessible until the end of April 

  • Downloadable workbook 

  • Stay organized with all of this delivered to your member platform 

  • Enjoy a space of accountability and support so you can stay focused and experience TRUE growth

  • Share your experience and hear from others in the Thrive Facebook Group

By the end of this challenge you will have new tools to stay well, centered and expressive in your practice and performance! We know it is getting in touch with these concepts that will amp up your quality of musicianship & life! 




March 18 - April 15

  • Includes everything from the Essential tier PLUS:
  • A 1-hour session for individualized guidance and support. Get a deeper understanding of the applications of the lessons in the challenge, plus additional resources to help you where YOU are in your journey. 

By the end of this challenge you will have new tools to stay well, centered and expressive in your practice and performance! We know it is getting in touch with these concepts that will amp up your quality of musicianship & life! 

Are you in?



Have more questions?


Meet your hosts: Ixi, Ted & Nick!

Hi! We are Ixi, Ted and Nick! We love making programs to help you build a life in music. As your Thrive hosts, we curate your content and find incredible guests and topics that we know will offer important learning. We look out for trends and things we think you need to know and then bring them to you!

Ixi Chen (left) plays clarinet in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the Managaing Artistic Director of concert:nova.  Nick Photinos is a multi-Grammy Award-winning cellist, a founding member of Eighth Blackbird, and is Eminent Scholar in CHamber Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ted Nelson (right) was a cellist in the Cincinnati Symphony for 19 years, and transitioned in 2023 to VP of Artistic Planning and Operations at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.  

The most successful people aren't the most talented. They're the ones ready to jump into action. Get yourself in a Thrive Challenge soon!