Gelsey Bell performs primarily as a vocalist, actress, and multi-instrumentalist. She often collaborates with living composers to develop new works in experimental opera, musical theater, new music, creative music, and sound art. Many of these works involve improvisation. She is also a primary performer for her own works. (For more on that, see the COMPOSER section.) In addition to her voice, Gelsey plays (with limited ability) piano, synthesizers, daxophone, metallophone, celtic harp, accordion, electronics, percussion, and objects.


shuffleyamamba: Yamamba as a Bear - Yasuko Yokoshi with Gelsey Bell

Vocalist and Composer


Yokohama Dance Collective Festival, Yokohama, Japan, 2021

Rainbird - Mallory Catlett and Aaron Siegel

Beatrice Rainbird


Concert, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, 2021

Improvement - Robert Ashley



The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2019

Video and Album available.

Wealth from the Salt Seas - Anna Sperber with Gelsey Bell

Performer and Composer


The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, NY, 2018

Video available.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Dave Malloy

Princess Mary/Opera Singer/Maidservant


Broadway, Imperial Theater, New York, NY, 2016-2017

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Cambridge, MA, 2015-2016

Kazino, New York, NY, 2013

Ars Nova, New York, NY, 2012

Original Cast Album and Broadway Cast Album available.

On the Shore Dimly Seen - Gregory Whitehead

Vocalist and Improviser


Soundproof, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2015

Recording available.