Born: August 15, 1961
LENORA ZENZALAI HELM, IS.....
....a vocal musician, composer, lyricist, arranger, teaching artist, former U.S. Jazz Ambassador (1998-99) and MacDowell Colony Composer Fellow, and a native of Chicago, Illinois. She was the first African-American woman to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Film Music Scoring/Voice, a degree she earned in just three years. Helm earned her Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and in doing so, an induction into the prestigious music honor societies, Pi Kappa Lambda and The Golden Key International Honor Society, for academic excellence. Other formal studies include time studying Indian classical voice at the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Bombay, India. She has been a sought after teaching artist for arts organizations including Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Schomburg Center's Junior Scholar's Program, Def Dance Jam Workshop and Young Audiences New York, and since 2005, serves as an Instructor at North Carolina Central University's (NCCU) music department in Durham, North Carolina. At NCCU, she co-directs their highly acclaimed NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz and classical voice, vocal teaching methods, vocal ensemble performance and jazz vocal ear training in the Jazz Studies Program and Voice Department, and 20th Century Music and Seminar in the Music Industry-Songwriting in the Music Department....
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