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Each week, we will post a new "Choral Artist Spotlight" blog so that you - our supporters - can get to know the Choral Artists at a more meaningful level. After all, this is your ensemble! These posts will be in an interview format. If you have any particular questions that you're itching to ask our Choral Artists, please leave a comment below. We'll be sure to include that in our future interviews!
Meet Chelsea Lyons!
Chelsea Lyons is in her first season with Choral Arts Initiative and sings in the alto section.
So, tells us more about you!
I'm a Mezzo-Soprano, and I simply love performing! I have performed the roles of Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), Nancy (Albert Herring), the world premiere of Pearson Thomas' A Wake or a Wedding, and most recently The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. In addition to opera and choral works, I love performing new American music, and I recently worked with American composers Libby Larsen and Jake Heggie at SongFest in Los Angeles. As an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, I also enjoy serving the community through musical outreach, scholarship, and service, and served as President of the Lambda Chi chapter while in college.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I am usually identified as the most vertically challenged person in musical ensembles.
If you could have dinner with any composer (dead or alive), who would it be?
Benjamin Britten. Hands down.
What does passion mean to you?
Passion is what we feel when we discover what gives meaning to our lives.
What is your best or most inspiring memory (musical or otherwise)?
My favorite musical memory is the production of Hansel & Gretel at CSUF in 2012; it was an incredibly fulfilling experience that left an indelible mark on my spirit.
When did you begin your musical training? Why do you believe that music education is so important?
I started studying piano at age 8 and clarinet at age 10; my formal voice training began at age 11. I participated in musical ensembles annually throughout middle and high school, and feel that my music classes gave me continuity and gave me a "family" of students who shared the same interests in music. These students were in my classes every year and really gave me something to count on throughout my adolescence.
Who or what inspired you to make singing a part of your life?
My parents noticed my interest in music when I was very young and have supported my pursuit of musical activities my entire life. They've always encouraged me to allow my heart to guide me, and their belief in me is what really made me want to be a musician.
Which author or poet touches you deeply?
e e cummings - but who doesn't love him! I grew up reading the poems of Shel Silverstein, so there will always be a special place in my heart for his works as well.
Outside of music, what brings you great joy?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of at this point in your life?
I am proud to say that I was elected by the faculty of the CSUF Music Department as the department's student speaker at Commencement last May and sang the National Anthem at the University Commencement Ceremony. I'm also a member of the esteemed John Alexander Singers (and Pacific Chorale), which is an incredible honor that exceeds my wildest dreams!
Lorraine Joy Welling