James Helton

James Helton

Professor of Music Performance

Phone:765-285-5517

Room:MU 413C


James Caton Helton maintains an active schedule as a soloist, a collaborative performer and as an adjudicator and teacher of master classes. He has performed throughout most of the United States and in the Czech Republic, Spain, and Thailand. He has had the pleasure of working with Pulitzer Prize winning composers George Crumb, William Bolcom, Lucas Foss and Joseph Schwantner in concerts broadcast over public radio and television. 

For New World Records, Helton appeared with the Blair Woodwind Quintet on works by composer Michael Kurek (CD 80497-2), a disc that achieved a place on the short list of Grammy nominations for its category in 1996. AUR released Sky Scrapings, music of Don Freund, on which Helton collaborated with saxophonist John Sampen at the invitation of the composer. Two CD’s with Chinese soprano Mei Zhong include Chinese Art Songs for Leyerle Publications and, for North Pacific Records, The Silvered Lute, containing twentieth and twenty-first century song cycles by both Chinese and Western composers. An additional honor with Zhong was the world premiere performance of the cycle by Paul SanGregory [sic], Songs of Distance, at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Winter Workshop in San Diego, CA. Dr. Helton’s most recent publication is for Navona Records: a collaboration with violinist Mary Kothman of Amelia Kaplan’s Insolence. Other artistic pursuits include the solo piano music of Central Europe, Scandinavia, and England, focusing currently on the solo piano music of pianist/composer York Bowen. 

James Helton is Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University, where he teaches piano and chamber music and coordinates accompanying activities. He recently completed two terms as Coordinator of the Performance Area. Prior academic appointments include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Visiting Lecturer, 1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, (Artist Teacher of Piano, 1993-1998). He is quite active in the Music Teachers National Association, having served as the Chairperson of Performance Competitions for the East Central Division. 

Helton earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Literature (cognates in musicology and piano pedagogy) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His principal teachers were Ian Hobson and Janice Hodges. He has performed in master classes of John Browning, John Perry, Ursula Oppens, Richard and John Contiguglia, Maurice Hinson, and Bela Siki, among others.


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Major Study 200 52 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 200 52 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 200 52A 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 200 52A 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 200 52B 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 200 52B 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 200 52C 0000 - 0000
Major Study 200 52C 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 200 52C 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 201 52 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 201 52 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 201 52A 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 201 52A 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 201 52B 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 201 52B 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 201 52C 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 201 52C 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Secondary Study 202 52 0000 - 0000
Secondary Study 202 52A 0000 - 0000
Minor Study 203 52 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Minor Study 203 52 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Minor Study 203 52A 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Minor Study 203 52A 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Piano Accompanying 206 52 0000 - 0000
Piano Accompanying 306 52 0000 - 0000
Junior Recital 397 52 0000 - 0000
Major Study 400 52 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 400 52 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 400 52A 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 400 52A 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 400 52B 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 400 52B 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 400 52C 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Major Study 400 52C 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 401 52 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 401 52 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 401 52A 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 401 52A 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 401 52B 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 401 52B 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 401 52C 0900 - 1050 F TBD, room TBD
Principal Study 401 52C 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Senior Recital 498 52 0000 - 0000
Piano for the Conduc 626 52 0000 - 0000
Primary Area Study 700 52A 0000 - 0000
Primary Area Study 700 52C 0000 - 0000