Chelsea Lyons

Mezzo-soprano Chelsea Lyons is thrilled to return for her third season with Chicago a cappella.
In addition to her work with CAC, Chelsea sings with the Grant Park Chorus and Music of the Baroque, and is a section leader at Glencoe Union Church. Outside of Chicago, Chelsea sings with the two-time Grammy-winning new music ensemble The Crossing, and can be heard on their albums Sound from the Bench (Hearne), Canticles of the Holy Wind (J. L. Adams), If There Were Water (Minakakis/Brown), and Anonymous Man (Gordon). As a concert soloist, Chelsea has performed with Pacific Chorale in Orange County, CA; Chicago’s own Spektral Quartet; the Callipygian Players; and the Green Lake Music Festival. This May, Chelsea will premiere Rosśa Crean’s monodrama Werifesteria with Zafa Collective at the Poetry Foundation and will perform with Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Plena Libre. A California native, Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from California State University Fullerton (’13) and a Master of Music in Voice & Opera from Northwestern University (’17). She has studied voice with Janet Smith, James Toland, W. Stephen Smith, and Karen Brunssen. In addition to singing, Chelsea loves cooking, playing games, traveling, and exploring the city with her fiancé, Janie – she’s looking forward to getting married this December!