Howard Helvey

Howard Helvey

Composer/Piano
Howard Helvey is among the most widely published composers of his generation. Awarded the international choral-composition first prize in 2006 by the John Ness Beck Foundation, his hundreds of works are published by over twenty major American and British companies, and are regularly performed and recorded throughout the world. Recent highlights include performances of his music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Choir of King's College (Cambridge, England), the BBC Singers, the Kansas City Chorale, Conspirare (Austin), The Crossing (Philadelphia), the Choirs of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Chicago a cappella, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and in the English cathedrals of Ely, Liverpool, Christ Church (Oxford), York, Hereford, Norwich, Chester and Wells.

Mr. Helvey also concertizes frequently as a pianist, conducts (and co-founded) the professional Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble (in its chamber choir formation), and in 1998 was appointed as organist/choirmaster of historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati. With cognate studies in conducting, voice, organ, and poetry, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition and piano performance from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and, as a Chautauqua Scholar, studied piano at New York’s Chautauqua Institution.

2016 Breakout Sessions

Congregational Hymn-Playing Considerations: Conveying Confidence and Creativity
A session geared toward organists, but applicable for pianists, too.
Reclaiming the Ancient Hymnal: the Art, Devotion and Practice of Psalm-Singing
Howard Helvey will provide a brief overview/history of the Psalms and their devotional centrality, discuss various methods of singing them, suggest ways the choir can engage a congregation's intellect and imagination, and propose how a specific worshiping community can develop their own distinct methods of Psalm-singing based on local context. Additionally, featured will be several of Helvey's newly-composed congregational Psalm antiphons to accommodate the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle. This participatory session will offer supplementary resources and ideas for faith communities that already regularly sing the Psalms, as well as those without a tradition of Psalm-singing.