After spending ten years away from Athens, Ohio, Chelsa Peterson has returned to her hometown as the new Program Specialist at ARTS/West, which is a part of the City of Athens’ Arts, Parks and Recreation Department.
Chelsa graduated from Alexander High School in 2002 with top honors. After spending a year at Ohio University, she relocated to Boone, North Carolina to study at Appalachian State University (pronounced app-a-latch-un). After four years of studying, singing, hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and eating Woodlands BBQ, Chelsa graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Arts Administration, a Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance, and a Minor in Business. She was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Epsilon Theta chapter and M.E.I.S.A. (Music Entertainment Industry Student Association).
In the summer of 2007, after a memorable trip to China and Japan with her brother, mother and grandmother, Chelsa moved to Chicago, Illinois where she started her internship with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ticket Department. Since then she has been a ticketing supervisor at the Ravinia Festival, an Operations Coordinator at the Steans Music Institute and a Program Coordinator for Midwest Young Artists where she coordinated auditions, summer programs, choral programs, Music & Movement, as well as private teaching. While in Chicago, Chelsa participated in the Evanston Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Chapter, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Overture Council, and was a member of the DePaul Community Choir as well as With One Voice.
Chelsa is the daughter of local musician Metra Peterson and local contractor Jeff Peterson, co-owner of Peterson Brothers Construction. She enjoys good music, good beer, good food and good company.