Chelsea Chimilar

Specializes In: Musical Theatre, Art Song, Opera, and Vocal Pedogogy


Known for her versatility on opera and musical theatre stages, Chelsea’s repertoire spans the genres from baroque chamber music to Broadway musicals. Chelsea holds Master’s Degrees in both Musical Theatre/Opera Performance and Vocal Performance Pedagogy from Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Through her pedagogy studies with Christina Kang, one of the leading voice specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Chelsea has developed an in-depth approach to the psychological and physiological workings of the vocal mechanism.

As well as teaching private voice lessons, Chelsea frequently performed musical theatre and opera roles with Lyric Opera Theatre in Arizona. Select favorite roles include “April” in Company (awarded first place for the American Prize in Musical Theatre Competition 2016/17), “First Witch” in Dido and Aeneas, “Gina” in Smile, and “Ms. Harcourt” in Anything Goes. Chelsea also assistant directed Lyric Opera Theatre’s main stage productions of H.M.S. Pinafore and The Magic Flute, which both received Arizoni Awards for Best Director and Musical Direction, with The Magic Flute winning Best Overall Production.


Upon her return to Winnipeg, Chelsea joined the Brandon University School of Music faculty as a sessional instructor, where she taught Music History and served as stage director for the Music Theatre Production program. While in Brandon, she provided vocal master class sessions to undergraduate students and private voice lessons through the Eckhardt-Gramatt√© Conservatory of Music. Chelsea’s experience in audition training, advanced expression and interpretation, Broadway/Opera scenes, and vocal pedagogy, has helped her develop a well-rounded approach to the needs of the singing artist.

Recent local performances include the Health Sciences Centre Foundation “Bringing Hope to Life” Event, the University of Manitoba 2018 IDEA Gala honoring Arianna Huffington, and the 2018 Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival Concert Series under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist, Alexander Tselyakov.

Career Highlights  include performing with Broadway stars Jodi Benson, Donna McKechnie, and Doug LaBrecque in the Phoenix Symphony Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, and the Stephen Schwartz Blockbuster Broadway performances with the Phoenix Symphony in Arizona.


Chelsea graduated with a Master of Music Performance in Vocal Pedagogy from Arizona State University in 2017, and a Master of Music in Musical Theatre/ Opera Performance from ASU in 2015. Chelsea was also the recipient of the Gold Medal for her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Brandon University in 2013.