Chelsea Chimilar is currently working on her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University, studying with opera and musical theatre performer David Britton. Her most recent performances include a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the role of Gina in the musical Smile, and the Minimalism Fest Faculty Concert with ASU Lyric Opera Theatre director, Toby Yatso. Chelsea also enjoyed performing the role of Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Orford Arts Academy in Quebec, while studying with Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc.
Chelsea’s choral experience began at the age of 7 with the Mennonite Children’s Choir under the direction of Helen Litz. This 5 year experience led to performances with tenor Ben Heppner as well as an opportunity to travel to Vienna to sing with the Vienna Boy’s Choir under the direction of Gerald Wirth.
Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Brandon University where she studied with Sarah Hall and David Playfair. She was actively involved in the Brandon University Opera Program and performed the roles of Tessa in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. Chelsea was awarded many scholarships throughout her undergraduate program and graduated with the Gold Medal in Music Performance.