artists - caroline helton
Caroline Helton, soprano, joined the voice faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in the fall of 2000, after completing her doctoral work at that institution in 1998. An artist who enjoys the entire gamut of classical singing, from opera and oratorio to recital and chamber music, she has been described as displaying “masterful” artistry and a “clear, bell-like soprano.” In January of this year, Dr. Helton performed a program called “Voices of the Holocaust” live on Chicago’s classical music radio station WFMT with pianist Kathryn Goodson that featured music by Jewish composers whose lives were affected by World War II, and which will be available on iTunes on the Block M record label this fall. This year she has also appeared as Zerlina in Arbor Opera Theatre’s production of Don Giovanni, as well as with the Michigan Chamber Players, performing with fellow faculty members Martin Katz, Yehonatan Berick and Richard Aaron. She has appeared numerous times with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a dynamic and innovative chamber group founded by pianist Jeff Sykes and flutist Stephanie Jutt in Madison, Wisconsin. New music is an important area of interest for Dr. Helton, and she has appeared performing Joseph Schwantner's Wild Angels of the Open Hills with the Brave New Works Ensemble, as well as premiering Three Spanish Songs by Matthew Tommasini with the University of Michigan Symphony Band conducted by Michael Haithcock, who commissioned the work. She has also had the pleasure of premiering works by Vítezslava Kaprálová (with fellow U of M professor Timothy Cheek, pianist), André Myers, Tom Schnauber, and Gabriel Gould.
Caroline Helton is available for purchase from the iTunes Music Store. Previews of all selections are also available in the BlockM Records catalog