R. Douglas Helvering is a highly active composer, conductor, and educator. His music has been featured at all of the major choral national and regional conventions as well as at prestigious venues worldwide including the historic Carnegie Hall in New York. He is a dedicated music educator, serving as adjunct assistant professor at the famed Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. A passionate conductor, he is also often called on to lead ensembles from the podium. His music has been widely acclaimed by performers, scholars, and audiences around the world for its artistry and emotional appeal.
A very exciting and profound collaboration between Dr. Helvering and Dr. Tony Silvestri has just been completed. The work, 'Love', was written for Joe Miller and the Westminster Choir. It is scored for unaccompanied choir with Alto and Tenor soloists. The work will be featured during the choir's 2014-15 concerts. It should be published and available soon.
New Sacred Work
Dr. Helvering has written 'One Holy Light' for unaccompanied mixed chorus. The work makes use of a lovely text by Olliver Wendell Holmes. The piece is for the William Baker Festival Singers of Atlanta, on the occasion of their director's culminating season.
ACDA in NE
Dr. Helvering was pleased to 'teleport' into a reading session in his home state of Nebraska for the reading of his well-known 'Ave Maria' during their summer 2014 conference.
Dr. Helvering's Mandatus, scored for oboe, mezzo-soprano, and piano, was performed as part of the Art Song Festival at Westminster Choir College on March 11, 2014.
New Major Work for Advent
Dr. Helvering was commissioned by Sing Omaha to create a new major work on Advent themes. The four movement work for choir, brass quintet, percussion, and organ is entitled An Advent Alleluia and was premiered in Omaha on Dec. 7, 2013. Be one of the first to perform this work! Contact the composer for performance and score information.
All My Heart Again Rejoices now available
Dr. Helvering's lush unaccompanied setting of the classic text All My Heart Again Rejoices is now available from Colla Voce Music in the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.
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