Chapman was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana but at the age of 13 moved to Kentucky to live with her mother and stepfather for four years, before returning to Carmel High School for her senior year. Whilst living in Kentucky Chapman won the Miss Louisville 2002 title and placed first runner-up to Miss Kentucky 2002. She represented Kentucky in the Miss National Sweetheart pageant for Miss America state runners-up held in September 2003, and placed third runner-up. During this time she was very active as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes and American Heart Associations.
In 2003, having returned to Indiana, Chapman won the Miss South Central title and then Miss Indiana 2003. She represented Indiana in the Miss America 2004 competition held in Atlantic City in September 2003 and placed in the top ten at the nationally televised pageant.
Chapman completed her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, and continued on to pursue a master's degree at Miami University in Ohio. In December 2006, she married operatic bass singer Campbell Vertesi. She changed her name and is known as soprano singer Bryn Vertesi.
Since 2009, she has lived in Europe, performing as an operatic Soprano, and working as a Web presence project manager