Howard Helvey


(1968– )
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 have been published by over twenty major American and British companies, and are regularly performed and recorded throughout the world.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances of his music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, the Choir of King's College (Cambridge, England), 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, 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.

Other ongoing interests include reading, photography, animals and pets, fitness, and exploring art and art history—particularly surrounding early twentieth century movements in American art such as the Eight (the precursor of the so-called Ashcan School), the Stieglitz 291 group, and the epic 1913 Armory Show in New York City. Visit his website at www.howardhelvey.com for more information.