About me

            Alexandra Chea is a classically trained clarinetist born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona under the direction of Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner where she also obtained her Master's of Music in Clarinet Performance. In 2020, Alexandra co-founded Venn Duo and has since performed at several international clarinet conferences premiering new works with her duo partner.  She is also currently the clarinetist for the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). Alexandra has performed as a soloist with the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the ensemble since 2014. She has also substituted for the Harrisburg Opera Association, the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Tempe Winds, and Harrisburg Youth Orchestra.  She participated in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Competition and held the title as the National winner four times from 2013-2016 in the solo woodwind category for her respective age in addition to winning the woodwind quartet (ensemble) category two times in 2015 and 2016. 

Venn Duo:

             In 2020, she co-founded Venn Duo with Hannah Weller. Following the initial lockdown, Hannah and Alexandra decided not to let the pandemic stop them from performing together. After collaborating via social media for a year, the two decided to form Venn Duo. Being two individuals from different backgrounds and cultures, Alexandra and Hannah realized that combined, their skills, passions, and ideas can create musical experiences that demonstrate the beauty of unity. Choosing to be represented by a venn diagram, the two recognize that they have many differences. However, had it not been for their common interest of studying and making music in Mechanicsburg, PA, they would not have crossed paths. Venn Duo represents that one's cultural background and geographic location is only an obstacle if they allow it to be. Thus, Venn Duo exists to explore and share clarinet works through virtual and in-person collaborations. They have since performed at the International Clarinet Association (ICA) Clarinetfest 2022 in Reno, NV, was featured in the 2022 ICA's Clareidoscope, and were recently selected to perform at the first-ever ICA Low Clarinet Festival in 2023. They have premiered new works for several composers,  collaborated with musicians across the United States, and regularly post episodes for their podcast. This can all be found @VennDuo on youtube and Instagram.