Biography

R. Douglas Helvering (b. 1977) is a highly active composer of music, specializing in the choral
genr
e.  Dr. Helvering's music has been featured at the national convention of the American
Choral Directors Association,  at various  MENC Conferences, at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in
Charleston, SC, at ACDA regional conventions, and at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York.
Dr. Helvering has earned music composition degrees from the University of Kansas,
Westminster Choir College
of Rider University, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.   

Dr. Helvering currently teaches at his alma mater, Westminster Choir College, as adjunct
assistant professor in the music theory department. He also serves as music minister at Prince
of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction, NJ. Former posts include teaching positions at
the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City and the Midwest Baptist Theological
Seminary. He has formerly served as choir director at Countryside Christian Church in
Mission, KS as well as the music director of the Sunflower Brass, a professional brass choir in
the Kansas City area. Dr. Helvering is the founding editor of Amber Waves Music Publishing
and served for four years as composer-in-residence for the William Baker Choral Foundation.
Also a music journalist, he served as the lead chora/vocal writer for www.kcmetropolis.org
before relocating to NJ. He continues to blog and write occasional articles for this arts website.

As a performer, Dr. Helvering has participated at a high level for many years. He is a founding
member of Te Deum, a 16-voice professional ensemble in Kansas City and Canticum Novum in
Omaha, originally founded by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope as his recording ensemble. He has
performed with the Westminster Choir (notably singing in the college's 75th anniversary
concert with the NY Philharmonic) as well as the Westminster Symphonic Choir (under the
direction of luminaries such as Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, and Joseph Flummerfelt). Dr. Helvering is a long-time member of the William
Baker Festival Singers and also performed for two seasons with the University of Kansas
Chamber Choir.

As a composition student, he has studied primarily with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (also serving as
personal copyist and orchestrator)
, Dr. Stefan Young (a student of Nadia Boulanger), Dr. James
Barnes, and  Dr. W. Kenton Bales.  He also has studied with notable choral composers Morten
Lauridsen and Stephen Paulus in masterclass settings. Dr. Helvering's music has been widely
acclaimed by performers, scholars, and audiences around the world for its artistry and
emotional appeal.  His music is published by Hal Leonard Music, Colla Voce, Chorister's Guild,
Imagine Music, Heritage Music Press, Alliance Music, and RDH Music (his own label).  Doug
and his wife, Megan, currently reside in W
est Windsor, NJ.
www.rdouglashelvering.com
Education:
The University of Kansas (2005-2008)
- graduated with honors, earning a DMA in composition
- studied with James Barnes
- performed with the KU Chamber Choir

Westminster Choir College (2000-2002)
- graduated with M.M. in composition
- performed with the Westminster Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir
- served as the graduate assistant in music theory for two years

University of Nebraska-Omaha (1996-2000)
- graduated with B.M. (cum laude) in composition
- performed with the U.N.O. Concert Choir, touring with the group on two European tours
- served as personal copyist/editor to Dr. Z. Randall Stroope
specializing in artistically crafted choral music
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