Soprano Chelsie Propst is an active performer based in Madison, WI. Her musical interests bookend the spectrum of western music--beginning with chant and early concert music and ending with contemporary classical compositions. She is also an advocate for reviving the American art song tradition in concert repertoire.
Chelsie is a member of the Rose Ensemble and Mirandola, both located in Saint Paul, MN, and Madison-based ensembles, the Madison Choral Project and Hearing Voices, a vocal project affiliated with Milwaukee's Present Music. She also has appeared as a guest artist with acclaimed early music ensembles, Liber and Piffaro. Chelsie regularly performs with the Madison Bach Musicians and various chamber ensembles.
In addition to her ensemble work, Chelsie regularly appears as a recitalist and concert soloist in the Midwest. Recent stage appearances include Second Woman in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, L'Amour in Rameau's Pygmalion, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Belinda in Dido & Aeneas.
Chelsie is on faculty for the Madison Early Music Festival, where she teaches a variety of classes and regularly appears as a soloist. She was a finalist in Wisconsin Public Radio’s 2012 Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition and UW-Madison’s 2013 Concerto Competition. She also attended SongFest in 2012, where she was delighted to work with some of the greatest American art song composers of our day.
She is currently pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is writing a dissertation on melodic ornamentation in trouvère chansons. Chelsie holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from UW-Madison and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sacred Music and Voice Performance from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. Chelsie also teaches private voice lessons in the Madison area.
" sang with bell-like clarity and tranquility"
- The Hickory Daily Record