Michael Helman, musician, composer, clinician
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Bio

Michael Helman is currently Director of Music/Organist at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, Florida where he directs the adult vocal choirs, a graded handbell program from children through adults, and coordinates the church’s Concert Series. Prior to moving to Florida in 2006, Michael was Director of Music and Organist for fifteen years at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Wilmington, Delaware. Michael did his undergraduate work in organ performance at Lebanon Valley College and did graduate work in Music History and Literature at West Chester University. He is an active composer of handbell, organ, and choral music with well over a hundred pieces in print. Michael has also won nine composition contests including the 1997, 1998, and 2000 AGEHR National Composition Contests. Mr. Helman is in demand as a handbell festival director and clinician all over the country. He is a past Dean of the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served on the Board of Area III of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers for a total of 8 ½ years. In the fall of 2000, he founded the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, which is the first auditioned community handbell choir in Delaware. The Lebanon Valley College Alumni Associate awarded Michael the 2009 outstanding alumni in creative achievement. Beginning in 2012, Michael is the Handbell Editor for The Lorenz Corporation.

Other Career Experience
Founder and Artistic Director of Wilmington Handbell Ensemble • It was founded in 2000 as Delaware's first auditioned community handbell ensemble.

Composer of handbell, organ, and choral literature with over 125 pieces in print. Michael has won nine composition contests including the 1997, 1998, and 2000 American Guild of English Handbell Ringers National Competition and the Northern Virginia AGO Chapter Hymn Writing Competition.

Past Dean of the Delaware Chapter of American Guild of Organists (4 years).

AGEHR Area III Board of Directors: 5 years as Delaware State Chair, 2 years as Chair elect, 1 year as Chairman.

Organ Recitalist
   Numerous times at Longwood Gardens
   Various Dedicatory recitals in the Delaware Valley area
   First and Central Presbyterian Annual Bach Festival

Clinician and conductor for handbell festivals and workshops. Michael has been clinician/conductor for numerous handbell events around the country sponsored through American Guild of English Handbell Ringers as well as churches and community groups.

Workshop Highlights include:
Instructor at three National Directors Handbell Seminars
Choral clinician for Augsburg Fortress Publisher reading sessions
Clinician for Chorister’s Guild National Handbell Workshops
Dallas Chorister’s Guild Mid-winter Music Workshop

Handbell Clinician at numerous worship and music camps including:

Massanetta Presbyterian Camp
Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Worship and Music Camp
Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians and Artists Northeast Jurisdictional Worship and Music week (two times)
Lake Junaluska Worship and Music Conference (two times)
National Pastoral Musicians Regional and National Conventions
Lutheridge Handbell Weekend (3 times)

Conductor of Handbell Festivals (highlights):

Conductor at AGEHR National Handbell Festival 2005
Delaware Handbell Festival
Southern Colorado Handbell Festival
Houston Handbell Association Festival
Greater Dallas Handbell Association Festivals
Mid-Carolina Handbell Festival
Colorado Handbell Director’s Seminar
Vermont Spring Ring
Arizona Handbell Festival
AGEHR Area IV Spring Rings
AGEHR Area V Spring Festival
AGEHR Area XI Festival Conference
AGEHR Area I Festival Conference
Lancaster/Lebanon Handbell Festival
Other smaller festivals in Arkansas, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Minnesota

Harpsichordist/Organist for Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus

Instructor in Liturgical Formation Program, Diocese of Wilmington


 

Major Works Conducted

Mass in G • Schubert

Requiem • Faure

Requiem • Rutter

Regina Coeli • Mozart

Te Deum • Mozart

Gloria • Vivaldi

The Passion of Christ • Handel

The Seven Last Words of Christ • Dubois

Messiah • Handel

Gloria • Pinkham


 

Michael can be reached at mhelman56@gmail.com

© 2008 by Michael Helman