Music Director

DR. GEORGE CASE

NCS Music Director Dr. George Case has a multi-faceted background as a conductor, educator, and professional singer and has brought inspiring leadership and a passionate artistic voice to NCS. He has shaped the emotional and dramatic content of NCS concert performances, enriching audiences and choral members alike. Dr. Case is the Director of Choral Activities at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he directs the chorale ensembles, teaches Choral Literature, and directs the graduate choral conducting program.

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. During her seven-year tenure at Gordon College, she was an active faculty member, instructing a lecture course in music history, a course in music theory, teaching piano, coaching instrumentalists and vocalists, and serving as accompanist for Gordon’s Children’s Choir and Symphonic Chorale. After leaving Gordon, she opened Studio K, a private teaching studio in her home in Danvers.

In 2011, Dr. Helgeland moved her studio to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, before relocating to Amesbury, Massachusetts. She lives there with her husband, Roger Cramer, a retired Episcopal priest and practicing potter. In 2014, she began teaching as part of the Master of Music Education program at Gordon College, and in 2015, she returned to serve as accompanist for the Gordon College Children’s Choir.

Since 2005, she has served as accompanist to the Newburyport Choral Society and also as Music Director and Organist at St. Peter’ Episcopal Church in Beverly, Massachusetts. Dr. Helgeland has performed recitals in Ohio, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Illinois, in addition to appearing as a guest artist on WGBH-Radio’s Chamberworks. She has presented lecture-recitals to the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. Dr. Helgeland has also worked as Organist and Choirmaster in Cincinnati and as a public school music teacher in Massachusetts.