Chelsea Barton holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she studied organ with David Higgs and William Porter. Following her undergraduate education in organ and harpsichord performance as well as improvisation, Chelsea completed a year of study with Michel Bouvard, Yasuko Bouvard, and Jan Willem Jansen at the Conservatoire Rayonnement Regionale in Toulouse, France. She completed a Masters at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, as a student of Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox.
Having played piano from age six and violin from age ten, Chelsea commenced organ studies at age twelve under Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, professor at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.
Chelsea has received prizes in national and international competitions, including the Bach/Liszt International Organ Competition (Erfurt) and the Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition (Bremen).
An advocate for the organ as a vehicle for profound religious and artistic expression, Chelsea performs in North America and Europe. Chelsea also enjoys woodland walks, gardening, and birdwatching.