Photo by: Britt Olsen Ecker

   With the help of her Grandmother, Soprano Chelsea Buyalos developed a love for music at the age of four; a love that was sparked by Puccini’s Tosca. This love blossomed and soon led to the start of her formal training at the age of eleven in her small town of Chester, Virginia. Despite the challenges presented to her with Goldenhar Syndrome, Ms. Buyalos has continued to pursue her goals.


    Over the years, Ms. Buyalos has had many opportunities to share her love for music. In 2005 she made her operatic debut in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. While in Rome, Ms. Buyalos was also featured in several recital and opera scene programs. In recent years, Ms. Buyalos has also been featured as a soloist in other concert works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and Rutter’s Requiem.


   Along with her classical training she has performed in many musicals such as Annie, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and The Boyfriend. Ms. Buyalos is an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, Ms. Buyalos worked with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series. 


    Ms. Buyalos recieved her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the instruction of Marianna Busching. Since graduation, Ms. Buyalos has been busy establishing her private studio and working to foster arts education in her community as the Director of Education at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, As a member of the craniofacial community who has lived with Goldenhar Syndrome, Chelsea frequently shares her story with others and recently became a member of the Children’s Craniofacial Association’s Speakers’ Bureau. Remember to always #ChooseKind!