Arts Council Menifee’s selection for October’s Artist of the Month is local opera singer, Chelsea Snow. A young artist, who has achieved more in her 14 years than many people could ever dream to achieve in a lifetime. Snow’s family has been no stranger to the entertainment industry; her grandfather was a Grammy-winning recording artist, producer and content creator, so it was no surprise that Chelsea Snow would find her creative spark at a young age. Her first experience with opera was on a family vacation to Las Vegas when she was 8 years old.
“We saw Phantom of the Opera, and I remember seeing Christine and the Phantom. I wanted to sing just like them,” Snow said.
The family was able to find a local opera instructor, who hailed from Romania, to help Snow realize her potential as an opera singer and performer. She has been inspired by opera singers such as Angela Giorgio and Anna Netrebko, both of whom she saw in concert when she was 12 years old. Snow has taken regular lessons for over five years and performed at countless venues throughout the local community, the state and the world.
Snow performed in a number of high-profile televised events. One of her most recent events was also one of the most exciting and prestigious. Snow competed in the Chinese Water Cube Cup. The international competition saw nearly 7,000 auditions from over 30 countries. The finalists from each respective country flew to Beijing, China, to compete in the finals. Snow was selected as the grand-prize winner, featured heavily in Chinese media and sang a song in Chinese for the country’s news media.
“Here’s a funny story,” Snow said. “They gave me a song written in Chinese, that I don’t even speak, and had me memorize it to perform just hours later. It was difficult to piece the song together using just melody and sound.”
Snow was in the studio hours later and successfully recorded her parts with the help of her mother and a supportive studio staff.
2019 has been a great year for Snow; she has won 12 competitions. She won the Chinese Water Cube Cup, competed in Long Beach at The World Championship of Performing Arts in which she won three gold medals and one silver medal, performed at the Chinese Embassy to celebrate 70 years of Chinese independence and is set to perform at the 2019 Miss Globe Finals in early October.
When Snow is not singing or competing, she enjoys drawing, roller skating, playing the piano and making humorous YouTube videos. Her future aspirations include building upon her musical career and attending Harvard Medical School to study medicine.