Chelsea Ritenour is an educator, performer, and singer/songwriter with the BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Melon University, and an MM in Vocal Performance from Mannes, The New School. During her time as a classical singer, Ritenour performed with the Mittelachsisches Theater in Freiburg, Germany singing the roles of Arsena in Der Zigeunerbaron, and Belinda in Dino & Aeneas. She also studies and gave concert performances of the coveted role of The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote.
Upon returning to the states, Ritenour was contracted with The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist singing and covering roles in various operas. She was asked to return multiple years in a row for their Opera on the Go out reach program, singing Mable in Pirates of Penzance and Papagena in Die Zauberflote. A few short months later Ritenour was hired with the Miami Music Festival to sing the entire role of The Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflote.
Shortly after her operatic contracts ended, Ritenour was hired to sing pop, rock, country, and harmonies with a national traveling cover band. Thus began her career as both a classical and contemporary singer throughout southwestern PA. As an educator, Ritenour believes that classical vocal technique is the foundation that creates a healthy, sustainable voice for all singers. Ritenour prides herself on being labeled a “vocal technician.” Meaning she teaches by explaining the actual function of the voice and how to properly create and amplify sound rather than speaking in vocal metaphors. Once a singer understands their vocal mechanism and how it functions, they can take Ritenour’s classical techniques and apply it to their genre of choice with ease. Ritenour’s goal as a teacher is to build a solid vocal foundation for all students while helping them find their true voice.