Monongahela Native Returns to Area to Perfect Her Passion
By Paul Chasko
Margaret (Birdie) and Jim Crawford of Gastonville are truly proud of their youngest, but now grown up granddaughter, Chelsea Hope Stoffel. The same can be said of Chelsea’s Paternal Grandparents Carol and Tom Stoffel of Monongahela.
The Stoffels – Dean, Barbara, sister Brittaney and Chelsea moved from Monongahela to Chaska Minnesota some time ago. Chelsea completed High School at Chaska High School where she was active in band, choir and cheer-leading. Something drew Chelsea back to the Tri State area as she’s now in her second year at West Liberty University, just outside Wheeling, WV.
Monongahela native Chelsea Hope
Stoffel has returned to the area from
Minnesota to study music at West
liberty State College.
A very active Music major, she’s come a long way from the private lessons used by her mother to introduce her to the flute. (Barbara has been an active member of the Minnesota Valley Community Band for 7 years.) Chelsea is now studying flute under the direction of Wendy Kummer, founder of the Pittsburgh based Flute Academy.
On January 22nd, Chelsea performed as a featured flute player with the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in their Fiddlesticks Concert at Heinz Hall. We can expect more great things from Chelsea in the future. While studying art and music, she is also a member of the West Liberty University Hilltoppers Dance Team. She recently switched her major from Art to Music.
After graduation Chelsea wants to use her background as a teaching assistant of special needs children, and the Music/Art education to help the severely physically or mentally handicapped lead more fulfilling lives through art and music. Whatever she does after completing her work at West Liberty, we can be pretty sure it will somehow involve music.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 23:36