Coordinator of Choral Activities and Liturgical Music
Mark Helms is the recently appointed Coordinator of Choral Activities and Liturgical Music at DeSales University, where he will conduct three choral ensembles and teach additional courses in music.
Mark is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. While at Eastman, he conducted the Eastman Repertory Singers and the University of Rochester Women's Chorus, and also led concerts on Eastman's Bach Cantata Series. Mark is also a graduate of Furman University, Greenville, SC, where he completed a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude in Church Music, was named the Theodore Presser Scholar, and was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mark has previously served on the faculties of the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the Berks Youth Chorus, and has worked in several churches in Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, and his home state of Alabama, most recently serving as music director at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shillington, PA.
Mark has studied conducting with William Weinert, Brad Lubman, and Hugh Ferguson Floyd, voice with William Thomas, and organ with Charles Tompkins. Recent conducting highlights include performances of Felix Mendelssohn's Magnificat in D and Gerald Finzi's In terra pax at the Eastman School of Music. Mark is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.