Chelsea Buyalos
Chester, VA
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Chelsea Buyalos

Chelsea B.

Chester, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I focus lessons highlighting any genre around technique. Cultivating one's technique establishes good habits regarding things like breath, and posture, which will help maintain a singers overall vocal health. In addition to classical repertoire I have experience working with musical theater, pop, jazz, soul, and country.

About Chelsea B.

Let's make some music together!!!

Here's the why and how:
As an educator, I've had experience teaching both young children and adults in many settings, whether it be in a classroom, small group lesson, or one-on-one. I pride myself on providing lessons that are uniquely individual and foster a students strengths while also building on their weaknesses. The best part about being a music educator is that I get to share my love of music with all of my students. With that said, whether you are a beginner who's interest has been sparked, or you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician I can help you there!

Lessons are catered to each student and are conducted in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks, try new things, make mistakes, and most importantly be themselves.

I value the time I have with my students and expect each student to come prepared to each lesson with an open mind and willingness to work. With music, the best results come to those who put in 100% both during lessons and during individual practice time. This is key in any musical pursuit. Overall, I want lessons to be enjoyable while still maintaining a sense of progress for the student.

Here's a little more about me:
In 2005 I made my operatic debut in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. While in Rome, I was also featured in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Over the years I've been featured as a soloist in other concert and oratorio works such as Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Rutter's Requiem, and Mozart's Requiem.

Along with my classical training, I've taken on several roles in musicals such as, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and The Boyfriend. I am an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series and was asked to perform the National Anthem and God Bless America at Game 2 of the ALDS during one of the MLB's 2014 postseason games (Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers). When I'm not singing, you may find me enjoying a run through the neighborhood, or enjoying some time with my cat CJ.

I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees form the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
―Hans Christian Andersen

*** Studio Equipment ***
Family Room: seating for parents
Studio space with keyboard, recording equipment, and parent seating available.
**PLEASE NOTE I have a cat in the home**
*** Specialties ***
Voice and Piano Lessons
Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Soul, and Country.


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19 Reviews
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Wonderful teacher! I've been taking lessons to improve my voice in speech and daily conversations with Chelsea for 9 months, and I've definitely achieved my goal. She made customized plans, design the class based on my goals, and adjust the class material based on my feedbacks. Now my voice is much more supported and I’m more confident in giving presentations. Overall, she is very professional, supportive and encouraging!

Posted Dec 18, 2020
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I truly can only say good things about working with Chelsea. I was quite nervous about taking piano lessons for the first time since my early childhood, but Chelsea was very encouraging and made me feel at ease. Even with pieces that I thought I couldn’t succeed in playing, her method of breaking down the piece and then putting it back together worked amazingly for me and I was able to learn to play those pieces. We had to unfortunately switch to virtual lessons midway due to COVID-19, but she was used to conducting virtual lessons and I didn’t feel any hiccups with the switch in lesson format. What’s also great about Chelsea is that she cares about you more than just as her student but you as a person - she actually helped me with a career change (granted it was related to music) and was very helpful in that aspect as well for me. She was everything I could have hoped for in a piano instructor and more!

Posted Nov 4, 2020
Ezra ..
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Chelsea is a tremendous teacher, with sympathy and patience for my absurd schedule and difficulty reading music.

Posted Sep 6, 2019
Elian S.
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I had a really great time and she explained so much to me that I wasn't really clear on.

Posted Mar 25, 2019
Fiona C.
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I needed last minute coaching for an upcoming audition and was feeling unprepared and frazzled. Chelsea easily knew what I needed. She made recommendations, was wonderfully engaging, and her insight and ear highlighted some important tweaks that I would have overlooked in my haste to prepare. After just one session I felt clearer, calmer, and considerably more confident. Bonus: Chelsea is incredibly kind, fun to work with and makes you feel you already know one another. Chelsea has my highest recommendation

Posted Feb 27, 2019
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My daughter really enjoyed her session with Chelsea! She is very knowledgeable and very thorough! Best vocal instructor our daughter has worked with!

Posted Nov 28, 2018
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Chelsea made me feel super comfortable and safe, she's got me excited about singing and practicing and I can't wait for my next lesson

Posted Oct 10, 2018
Shannon B.
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I have had the pleasure of working with Chelsea for the last six years at a summer music camp that is sponsored by my church in Peachtree City Georgia. Chelsea is one of our Artists-in-Residence and leads vocal workshops, coaches vocalists, performs with the praise team, and also performs solo material in her presentations. This past year she served as worship leader where she directed over 100 children (ages 5-11), teen and adult volunteers in vocal worship. Her enthusiasm for music is infectious and she brings a fresh approach to the music that is presented at each encounter. She is able to establish a rapport with students of all ages making them comfortable and engaged in the music.
During our week-long camp, Chelsea and other professional musicians present a beautiful concert for the public where classical works are performed. Chelsea treats the audience to sacred and spiritual works and has developed a devoted following of patrons who return annually to hear her perform.

Shannon Bryan Director of Music, All Saints Anglican Church

Posted Mar 8, 2018
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I love Chelsea!!!!! She has helped widen my range and has introduced me to opera singing. That is something that I thought I could never do but she is so patient with me and has made the entire time fun!! Her home is very welcoming and relaxing; it is very conducive for learning.

Posted Dec 19, 2017
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Chelsea has been teaching my 14 year old grandson now for over 2 years. She is actually "gets him" where many teachers don't and she manages to bring the absolutely best out in him. She clearly loves her work and it shows so much so that after many years of playing the piano, more off than on recently, I decided to take lessons with her too. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.

Posted Sep 10, 2017
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Chelsea is not only a phenomenal voice teacher, she is a phenomenal person! Chelsea gave lessons to my daughter for many years and was just as focused with her improving her skills (which she did and even led my daughter getting a vocal scholarship!) as she was on my daughter's overall balance and well-being. We love Chelsea!!

Posted Aug 26, 2017
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Chelsea has worked with my daughter since middle school. Under Chelsea's guidance, my daughter was accepted into a county honors chorus and accepted subsequently into her advanced high school ensembles. Chelsea understands the busy lives of middle & high school students and is very flexible with scheduling. This summer, she has already started working with my daughter on choral pieces for the upcoming school year. I recommend her highly and we look forward to working with her in the years to come.

Posted Aug 16, 2017
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Chelsea is an awsome, excellent Piano instructor. I am an adult mentee and she is patient and walks me through each step. She dissect each piece in a way that you can come over a new piece easily. I really recommend her as a music instructor for all age spectrum.

Posted Aug 16, 2017
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Need a teacher who's very knowledgeable, incredibly flexible, and super caring? Chelsea's the one!

When we were looking for a new teacher after our previous teacher moved out of state, I found Chelsea's information online and contacted her. She spent 45 minutes with me, going over my daughter's musical interests and needs, her teaching philosophy and style. She has carried on that same thoughtful approach for the last three years as she has taught my daughter both piano and voice. She tailors her lessons to her particular needs, working on specific concepts that she needs help with or in support of my daughter's goals.

Chelsea has coached my daughter through musical theatre audition pieces, helped her prepare for all-county and Maryland all-state chorus auditions, and tirelessly worked on various piano and vocal techniques. With Chelsea's support, my daughter has been in All-County Chorus for three years and was part of the Maryland All-State Chorus. She recently had a lead role in her school's musical theater production.

Even more important than all of that, Chelsea shares her love of music. She tells stories of her own experiences with auditions and learning music. Chelsea is always supportive and encouraging, sending good wishes on audition day and ready to tackle a new piece with her at a moment's notice.

I highly recommend Chelsea as a vocal and piano teacher!

Posted May 11, 2017
cathy S.
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I can't say enough wonderful things about Cheslea. She is not only an amazing teacher and vocal coach but has become a mentor to my daughter Sarah as well as a friend. She knows her subjects extensively and is truly a trained professional. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cheslea to anyone seeking a quality voice teacher!

Posted Sep 3, 2014
Christine C.

Best Teacher I had

Chelsea is a very talented vocalist. Not only that, she is a great teacher. She makes me understand why certain things are needed to make certain sound or to fix certain weaknesses. It's not just her demonstration, her reasoning is far beyond what I ever had from any teachers before to understand and to apply to my singing. She is also very pleasant and flexible to have lessons from. A great teacher. I would've given more than 5 if it's in the scale of evaluation.

Posted May 14, 2014
Tracy B.


I enjoy seeing Ms. Chelsea every week. She makes me feel comfortable and relaxed while working on my vocal techniques. She explains everything . She does not make things confusing and we laugh. I have noticed a big change and feel more confident in myself. She is Awesome!!!

Posted Feb 12, 2014
Layne M.


I came to Chelsea as a beginner vocalist. I was pretty clueless in many aspects of singing and have never felt comfortable singing in front of others. Chelsea helped me to come out of my shell and really analyze how the voice works, from basic anatomy to fun little tricks of the trade. She was extremely reliable and patient with my unpredictable schedule. I am so sad that I will not be in the Baltimore area any longer but I plan to continue working with Chelsea via Skype! She is just wonderful and has so much knowledge to offer any level of student. Thank you Chelsea!!

Posted Feb 8, 2014
Anisha G.

Awesome Teacher!

I took lessons with Ms. Chelsea for 3 years and really enjoyed it! She helped me become more comfortable with singing, and improved my technique a lot. She is very easy to talk to, and has a very fun and open learning environment. We worked on songs and warm-ups that improved my voice, but also any songs that I was interested in. I would definitely recommend her to anyone of any age or skill level! She is so talented, has a beautiful voice, and is a fabulous teacher!

Posted Jan 5, 2014

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Artist In Residence
Jul 2011 - Present

Music Camp! Peachtree City, GA

Serve as the vocal lab instructor for a week-long summer camp held for over 100 children. Additionally, I serve as worship leader throughout the week, give daily presentations, and present a mid-week community concert. The camp concludes with a parent performance that features the children who attended the camp. The camp is held yearly during the summer.

Voice and Piano Teacher
Jan 2010 - Present

Private Studio

VP and CFO
Jan 2009 - Present

Mobile Music Now Inc.

501(c)3 focusing on music education and outreach.

Voice and Piano Teacher
Feb 2011 - Jul 2017

Music and Arts

Taught weekly lessons to both children and adults and held yearly recitals for the studio. (Voice and Piano)


Master of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2012

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Annie Wintz Prize
May 2011

Peabody Conservatory

First Place
Jan 2007

National Association for the Teachers of Singing

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