Are you ready to take big, bold action?
Our experiences are vast and have taught us that musicians like you need help in more ways than the traditional path lays out. Our approach includes a hefty dose of expertise, honesty and empathy. We're here to go above and beyond for you. Take a look around!
Clarinet & Cello Lessons
The heart of our community
Monthly events + a robust video library
What do you want and how are you going to get it? As musicians, the first questions is generally pretty easy. The second? Not so much. We built Thrive to help you grow and explore optimal performance through a blend of technique, wellness, business and career topics through live classes and a robust video library. We center our ideas on a holistic approach - you're a human first and a musician second. Enrollment is open before our three sessions a year: Spring (Jan-Apr), Summer (May-Aug) and Fall (Sept-Dec).
As part of Thrive, we host monthly workshops, masterclasses and conversations with the best artists, thought leaders and coaches we can find. Some of these events are free and some require a nominal fee. Check out our upcoming events!
Lesson or Consult with Ixi Chen
Ixi Chen enjoys a versatile and active career as the 2nd clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony, a chamber musician, artistic director, educator and coach. Teaches: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Founded: Concert:Nova, Music360 and the Digital Clarinet Academy. BM: Manhattan School of Music MM: University of Southern California 60-min
Lesson or Consult with Tiffany Valvo
Dr. Tiffany Valvo is a clarinetist, educator, and entrepreneur known for energizing her students to maximize their potential. Former clarinet professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and instructor at Syracuse University & Nazareth College. BM: Florida State University, MM & DMA: Eastman School of Music 60-min
Lesson or Consult with Ted Nelson
Theodore Nelson is a member of the cello section in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of concert:nova. He loves helping you with all things cello, video editing, audition prep and aligning your physical practice with being a healthy musician. BM: Eastman School of Music, MM: Cleveland Institute of Music 60-min
The Audition Lab Digital Course
Develop a process for auditions that will lead to learning, growth and success! It's time to get your affairs in order. In this 6-module digital course, seasoned audition veteran & principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Ralph Skiano brings his book, Behind the Screen: A Winner's Guide to Preparing Your Next Audition, to vivid life. Step-by-step, he'll coach you to effectively organize your materials and time in order to maximize your potential at your next audition.