Chelsea graduated summa cum laude with a degree in music studies and a concentration in piano pedagogy from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, where she studied under pianist Dr. François Germain and pedagogy professor, Dr. Kathryn Sherman. During her tenure at Crane, Chelsea earned the Susan Smykla Udell ’57 Scholarship in piano accompanying and the Class of ’53 Scholarship for future educators. As one of the top scholars in her department, Chelsea was honored with the Music Studies Scholar Award as well as a certificate of merit for academic excellence. In 2014, she was accepted into the Decoda-Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, where she studied with members of the world-renowned Decoda ensemble. In addition to her musical studies, Chelsea also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sound design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.