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Department of Music

Dr. Kevin M. Walczyk
Dr. Kevin Helppie Professor of Music
DMA - University of Washington (Vocal Studies, 1995)

Baritone Kevin Helppie, maintains an active performing career, including recitals, oratorios, operas, and popular styles. Dr. Helppie enjoys the full spectrum of solo and ensemble singing. As a soloist he has sung with the Nashville Symphony, Jacksonville Florida Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Bay Chorus of Houston, Louisville Bach Society, Detroit Concert Choir, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Seattle Opera, Seattle Choral Company, Choir of the Sound, City Cantabile Choir, Festival Chorale Oregon, Mount Angel Abbey and Seattle Pro Musica.

He sang the role of Chief Seattle in the West coast Premiere of the oratorio The Earth is Our Mother with the Dave Brubeck Jazz Quintet. He performed at the College Band Director's National Convention in Boulder, Colorado in a concert of Charles Ives songs arranged for solo voice and wind ensemble. Dr. Helpple was the Baritone soloist in the World Premiere of Songs of Kabir, an oratorio by New York based composer William Hawley. Dr. Helppie's operatic repertoire encompasses over twenty roles, including the title characters in Le Nozze di Figaro, Falstaff and Don Pasquale.

Dr. Helppie has received fellowships to perform with renowned groups such as the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in their tour of France and their historic Brahm's Requiem and the Beethoven Missa Solemnis performances for the centennial of Carnegie Hall. Dr. Helppie was also granted an Artist Fellowship to perform with the Bach Aria Group in New York. He has been heard on the National Public Radios in Recital series and has performed a multi-media recital called America in Song numerous times under the auspices of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Texas Arts Commission. Dr. Helppie participated in the 1991 Singer of the World competition in Liangolien, Wales. He also sings with the critically acclaimed a capella vocal group Opus 7 and concertizes with a jazz pianist in an improvisation based setting entitled Duality.

Dr. Helppie is currently on faculty at Western Oregon University and has also taught at Austin Peay State University, Sam Houston State University and Skagit Valley College. Dr. Helppie holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University, the Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington. He currently lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife Mary Ruth and daughters Kristin, Jana, and Victoria.


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