James Helton

Associate Professor of Piano

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MU 413c  Phone: 765-285-5517  

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

An active performer, James Helton has been heard in many states throughout the U.S. as recitalist, collaborator, and orchestra soloist. 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 collaborated with the Blair Woodwind Quintet on works by composer Michael Kurek (CD 80497-2).

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Helton completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature with a cognate in Musicology and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance/Pedagogy. At Illinois, Helton was awarded the Graduate Fellowship in Music; was appinted to the Graduate Piano Trio, the public relations ensemble of the School of Music; and was promoted to a faculty position at the University during the 1998-2000 school years. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance a the University of Texas at San Antonio. Helton's principal teachers include Ian Hobson and Janice Hodges. He has performed in master classes of John Browning, John Perry, Ursula Oppens, Maurice Hinson, and Bela Siki, among others.

James Helton is strongly committed to inspiring creativity and artistry in all levels of musician, both amateur and future professional. He has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has presented workshops and master classes, and has served as an adjudicator for various state and local associations within the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). He is a member of the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and its state and local affiliates, and currently serves on the Indiana state board in two capacities: as chairperson of MTNA Collegiate Performance Competitions and as chairperson of MTNA first state Committee on Collaborative Arts. His primary duties at Ball State University include teaching studio piano and coordinating the accompanying program.
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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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