Biography

With spirit and sensitivity, soprano Chelsea Helm brings a versatile voice to the concert stage.

An active choral artist, Ms. Helm appears this season with GRAMMY®-winning Conspirare, GRAMMY® nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and GRAMMY® nominated Seraphic Fire.

Last season she enjoyed performances with the Bach Society of Houston, the Calvin Oratorio Society of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was a Vocal Fellow with the Charlotte Bach Festival, under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett.

A Michigan native, Ms. Helm has appeared as a concert soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Muskegon Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, and with University Orchestras at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse. Favorite performances include the Mozart Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

On the operatic stage, Ms. Helm has performed the roles of Norina in Don Pasquale (Janiec Opera Company), Nireno in Giulio Cesare and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Shepherd School of Music), and Frasquita in Carmen (Soo Theatre Project). Named “West Michigan’s leading young soprano” by Opera Grand Rapids after winning their 2013 Collegiate Vocal Competition, she went on to join the company for several comprimario and chorus roles.

Ms. Helm holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education from Western Michigan University. Also a WMU Gold Company alumna, Ms. Helm recorded a Downbeat award-winning album with vocal jazz quartet the Four Corners.

Ms. Helm is now based in New York City and can be heard with The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Chamber Choir.