DR. GEORGE CASE
The Newburyport Choral Society is both pleased and proud to present its new Music Director, Dr. George Case. This is a significant event both for the Choral Society and the local cultural community. With the retirement of Dr. Gerald Weale this past spring, this is the first time in 27 years that NCS has had a new Music Director.
Dr. Case is the Director of Choral Activities at the Boston Conservatory where he directs the chorale ensembles, teaches Choral Literature, and directs the graduate choral conducting program. With a multi-faceted background as a conductor, educator, and professional singer, he brings a wide-ranging body of musical experience and a passionate artistic voice to his work.
He holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in vocal performance from Boston University. While pursuing graduate degrees in Michigan, Dr. Case served as artistic director of the Arts Chorale, assistant conductor of the Grammy Award-winning University Musical Society Choral Union, graduate conductor of the Orpheus Singers, and co-teacher of Choral and Vocal Methods classes. Additionally, he was opera chorus director for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and assistant conductor and accompanist for the university’s renowned Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs.
Dr. Case is an award-winning educator of young musicians who frequently leads clinics and workshops for high school and college singers, as well as professional development sessions for teachers around the country. He has prepared choruses for leading conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Craig Jessop, Leonard Slatkin, and Helmuth Rilling.
As a tenor soloist and professional chorister, Dr. Case has performed with major ensembles across North America and Europe. He is a regular member of and soloist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Atlanta Singers, Meridian Chorale, Skylark Ensemble, Marsh Chapel Choir, and the Carnegie Festival Chorus, and he has appeared as soloist in Stravinsky’s Mass at the Great Lakes Music Festival and in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He was a featured soloist in a gala performance of music by prominent American composer Susan Botti during the closing celebrations of the 2006 Prix de Rome Competition in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Kirsten Helgeland, Accompanist
Kirsten holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Cincinnati. A very active faculty member at Gordon College, Kirsten instructs a lecture course in music history, teaches piano, coaches instrumentalists and vocalists, and accompanies Gordon’s Children’s Choir and Symphonic Chorale.
In addition to her work at Gordon and with the NCS, she serves as Music Director and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, Massachusetts. Kirsten has performed many recitals in Ohio, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Illinois. She has presented lecture-recitals to the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and the Society for American Music. She has appeared as a guest artist on WGBH-Radio’s Chamberworks. Before joining the Gordon College faculty, she worked as Organist and Choirmaster in Cincinnati and as a public school music teacher in Massachusetts.