With spirit and sensitivity, soprano Chelsea Helm brings a versatile voice to the concert stage. An active choral artist, Ms. Helm appears regularly with Seraphic Fire, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and Conspirare, with whom she was nominated for a 2020 Best Choral Album GRAMMY® award for The Hope of Loving.
Last season Ms. Helm was featured on numerous recordings and digital concerts, including Reena Esmail’s Quarantine Madrigals with Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Home for the Holidays concert recorded with Four/Ten Media, and Bach’s Cantata BWV 4, “Christ lag in Todes banden” with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity in New York City. She also enjoyed numerous solo appearances, including the Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, and Orff’s Carmina Burana (True Concord), and was heard on Seraphic Fire’s Mozart & Monteverdi concert recorded live in Miami.
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, the Rice University Orchestra and at the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse.
With a special affinity for new music, Ms. Helm has created several roles in chamber works for live theatrical and digital mediums. She was featured in Houston Grand Opera’s NOW, Episode 2 from their Star-Cross’d series of short-form operatic films. She also created the title role in Lolly Willowes, a contemporary chamber musical that premiered at MATCH Houston in 2019.
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 jazz vocalist, Ms. Helm is an alumna of WMU’s Gold Company, and she recorded a Downbeat award-winning album with vocal jazz quartet the Four Corners.