R. Douglas Helvering

Faculty & Staff / R. Douglas Helvering

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office Location 
Taylor Hall 24
Mailing Address 
101 Walnut Lane Princeton NJ 08540
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R. Douglas Helvering is a highly active composer of music, specializing in the choral genre. Dr. Helvering's music has been featured at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association, at various MENC Conferences, at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, at ACDA regional conventions, and at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York. Dr. Helvering has earned music composition degrees from the University of Kansas, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Dr. Helvering is currently serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor at his Alma Mater, Westminster Choir College in the music theory and history department. He also serves as Minister of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction, NJ. Former posts include teaching positions at the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City and the Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary. He has formerly served as Choir Director at Countryside Christian Church in Mission, KS as well as the Music Director of the Sunflower Brass, a professional brass choir in the Kansas City area. Dr. Helvering is the founding editor of Amber Waves Music Publishing and served for four years as composer-in-residence for the William Baker Choral Foundation. Also a music journalist, he served as the lead choral/vocal writer for before relocating to New Jersey. He continues to blog and write occasional articles for this arts website.

Dr. Helvering is a founding member of Te Deum, a 16-voice professional ensemble in Kansas City. He is also a founding member of Canticum Novum (Omaha), began by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope as his recording ensemble. Dr. Helvering has performed with the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, working under the direction of maestros Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Joseph Flummerfelt. He has also performed with the William Baker Festival Singers and with the University of Kansas Chamber choir.

As a student, Dr. Helvering studied choral composition with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (also serving as personal copyist and orchestrator), instrumental composition and orchestration with James Barnes, and counterpoint/composition with Dr. Stefan Young (a student of Nadia Boulenger.) He has also studied with notable choral composers Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Paulus.

Dr. Helvering's music has been widely acclaimed by performers, scholars, and audiences around the world for its artistry and emotional appeal. His music is published by Hal Leonard Music, Colla Voce, Chorister's Guild, Imagine Music, Heritage Music Press, Alliance Music, and RDH Music (his own label). Doug and his wife, Megan, currently reside in West Windsor, NJ.