Silas Chinsen

“A musician and composer well-versed in multiple genres and instruments - Silas performed a very unique concert for our Guitar Society; full of expressive gesture and virtuosity,  engaging audiences from various demographic backgrounds and musical interests."  Pat Feely, Artistic Director of the Guitar Society of Brantford and Music Faculty at McMaster University and University of Western Ontario
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Silas Chinsen is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer based in Guelph, Ontario. He completed his B.Mus and M.Mus on full scholarship at the University of Ottawa graduating Summa Cum Laude. He studied classical guitar and voice performance, and was twice the recipient of the Ed Honeywell Guitar Award. Silas performs both traditional classical repertoire, as well as original music and covers of popular music using a unique combination of vocal synthesizer, multiple instruments, and live looping. Silas is proficient on guitar, voice, keyboard, bass, ukulele, and trumpet, with experience performing pop, rock, jazz, mo-town, indie, and neo-soul styles. Silas has performed as a soloist or chamber musician at venues such as the Rideau Club, the Shaw Centre, and the Scotiabank Arena.

 

Silas is an active member of the Edison Singers and the Guelph Chamber Choir, and a soloist at various local churches. Silas was the winner of the 2019 Ottawa Guitar “Call for Scores” composition competition, and has an arrangement featured on a 2022 unreleased Naxos recording of the Edison Singers choir.  Silas also composes and records contemporary music in collaboration with visual artists and lyricists, with works premiered for the 2020 Guelph Emerging Artist program, the 2020 Bumaroo Co-Create Residency, the 2022 Guelph Research and Renewal Award, and the score for an original full length musical theatre production, “One Small (Mis)-Step”. He teaches guitar, voice, and arranging at the Guelph School of Music, as well as piano, theory, bass, and ukulele online through the Canada Music Academy, and his private studio.

Discography

 

2022 | Carved From Stone | Music and Animation Collaboration | Guelph Arts Council | Guelph, ON

 

2022 | Elements Musical and Visual Arts Collaboration | Caledon, ON

 

2022 | Silent Night | Choral Arrangement  The Edison Singers | Naxos Recording | Guelph, ON

2022 | Auld Lang Syne | Choral Arrangement, Recording, and Production | The Edison Singers | Virtual Choir | Guelph, ON

 

2021 | “In Kahoots” Commercial | Score and Recording| Brothers Brewery, Bumaroo and Otherwise Studios | Guelph, ON

 

2021 | “T-Shirt World” Commercial | Score and Recording | Double Dipped | Guelph, ON


2021 | “New GAC Website” Commercial | Score and Recording | Guelph Arts Council

 

2020 | Community Christmas Carol | Arrangement and Recording | Otherwise Studios Community Artist Feature | Guelph, ON

 

2020 | Gusts | Musical and Visual Arts Collaboration | Guelph Emerging Artist Program | Guelph, ON

2020 | Dark Portraits | Musical and Visual Arts Collaboration | Guelph Emerging Artist Program | Guelph, ON

 

2020 | Quintle | Musical and Visual Arts Collaboration | Guelph Emerging Artist Program | Guelph, ON

 

2020 | Gusts | Musical and Video Collaboration | Guelph Emerging Artist Program | Guelph, ON

 

2020 | Never Know | Guelph, ON

 

2020  | Cede | Musical and Visual Arts Collaboration | Co-create Artist Residency, Guelph, ON

 

2019 | One Small (Mis)Step | Full Length Musical Theatre Production

 

2019 | Different Expectations | Solo Classical Guitar | Montreal, QC

 

2019 | When You’re Away | Montreal, QC