Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Bryan Helsel received his bachelor degrees in music education (vocal) and in piano performance from Westminster College in 1997 and earned a master’s degree in piano performance from Duquesne University in 2003. He is the director of choirs and music technology at Butler Area Senior High
School. Active in the arts in Western Pennsylvania, Helsel plays piano in the Butler Symphony, organ and keyboards at North Main Street Church of God, trumpet in the Butler Brass Quintet and can be found playing recitals locally or playing jazz and rock music at Pittsburgh area venues. He is listed in
“Who’s Who among America’s Educators” as well as “Who’s Who in America.” His professional affiliations include PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Educators), TI:ME (Technology Institute of Music Education) and ACDA (American Choral Directors’ Association).
Helsel has composed several choral works and has released albums of his own contemporary music. In 2003, he played the premiere of Stephen Barr’s Five Miniatures of Summer for piano, which aired on public radio. He has been the conductor for the community choir of Butler County, and he
has guest conducted several PMEA county festivals. He has appeared as guest artist in concertos with Regional Symphonies and bands playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, I Got Rhythm Variations and Saint-Seans’ Carnival of the Animals. As a pianist and singer, Helsel has shared the stage with the likes of Shirley Jones and Garrison Keillor. Aside from performing and conducting, he owns and operates Helsel Music, a full production recording studio and is currently a doctoral student at Kent State University studying music education.