Organist and Choirmaster
HOWARD HELVEY has served as both organist and choirmaster at Calvary since 1998; responsibilities include playing the organ on Sundays and at other times when requested, directing the parish choir, and overseeing the choral scholar and organ scholar programs. He is also co-founder (2013) and Conductor of the professional Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, and is among the most widely published composers of his generation.
First prize winner of multiple international choral-composition awards, Howard’s hundreds of works are published by over twenty major American and British companies, and are regularly performed and recorded throughout the world. Recent highlights include performances of his music by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, the BBC Singers, the Choir of King’s College (Cambridge, England), Conspirare (Austin), the Kansas City Chorale, The Crossing (Philadelphia), the National Lutheran Choir, the choirs of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Chicago a cappella, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, in Westminster Abbey (London), and in over two dozen cathedrals throughout the United Kingdom. In March 2020, Howard made his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting a program of his choral music.
Howard also concertizes frequently as a pianist, and in 2016 was appointed Choral Editor of the historic publisher, H.W. Gray. With cognate studies in conducting, voice, organ and poetry, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition and piano performance from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and, as a Chautauqua Scholar, studied piano at New York’s Chautauqua Institution.
Howard and his husband, Brad, live in Spring Grove Village with their several four-legged family members. Other ongoing interests include reading, photography, animals/pets, fitness, and exploring art and art history—particularly surrounding early 20th-century movements in American art such as The Eight (the precursor of the so-called Ashcan School), the Stieglitz 291 group, and the epic 1913 Armory Show in New York City.
For more information about Howard and his work visit howardhelvey.com