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.
2015 Spoleto Festival
Dr. Helvering will be attending the 2015 Spoleto
and Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. The Westminster Choir will be performing his 'The Eternal Promise' on Sunday and Wednesday
during Memorial Day week. And, the William
Baker Festival Singers will be performing 'One
Holy Light' on their Memorial Day afternoon
concert. Dr. Helvering will be present at all these concerts. If you're there, please say hello!
Cranberry and White
Rider University has selected Dr. Helvering's 'Cranberry and White' as the University's new alma mater. The work was chosen as part of an open call for submissions by faculty and students. It was first performed at the 2015 University Day and again as a part of the 2015 Commencement Ceremonies.
And I Saw a New Heaven re-issued
Dr. Helvering has updated his setting of 'And I Saw a New Heaven', published and reissued by Amber Waves Music Publishing. The new and improved edition is being premiered in May 2015 by the Westminster Chapel Choir (Westminster Choir College), directed by Dr. Amanda Quist.
Dr. Helvering has been promoted from the rank
of assistant to Adjunct Associate professor, as he continues to teach at the Westminster Choir
College of Rider University.
Two New Unaccompanied pieces
Dr. Helvering has written two short works for the Ancora Chorale. These will be part of a larger set including works by other contributing composers called 'Prayers from the Ark', adding to the existing movements by Davies. Dr. Helvering's contributions are the 'Prayer of the Elephant' and the 'Prayer of the Goat'. Both are scored for unaccompanied mixed chorus and are immediately available!
The Eternal Promise
A very exciting and profound collaboration between Dr. Helvering and Dr. Tony Silvestri has just been completed. The work, 'The Eternal Promise', 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 will be published in the 'Music From Westminster Choir College' series at GIA Music.
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.
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.
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