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Helen Russell

Helen Russell
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music


Clarinet, Winds

Educational Background:

  • BMus - Music Education, University of Western Ontario Bachelor of Music
  • Master of Music, the University of Western Ontario
  • Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM), London, England
  • Graduate of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Helen Russell has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, the United States, and England. Her performances with many orchestras include the Colorado Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Thunder Bay Symphony, and Windsor Symphony. She has been a chamber music fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at Yale and the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. In addition, she is artist-in-residence at the Claude Watson School for the Arts and is active as a performer throughout southern Ontario. Helen belongs to the College of Examiners at The Royal Conservatory, where she has been a faculty member since 1999.

ARCT Preparation: Yes

Instruments / Subjects Taught: Clarinet

Languages Spoken in Addition to English: French

Member of the College of Examiners: Yes

Minimum Age of Student: 8

Musical Styles: Classical, Contemporary

Professional Designations / Associations

  • Member, International Clarinet Society
  • Senior Examiner, RCM Examinations
  • American Federation of Musicians

RCM Examination Preparation (Beginner - Grade 10):

Teaching & Professional Experience:

RCM - Clarinet Faculty Orchestral, chamber and solo appearances in North America and the UK. Recordings with the CCM Contemporary Ensemble - Impossible Dream, eight recordings with the Cincinnati Wind Ensemble and with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Student achievements include: RCM Silver Medal, University entrance scholarships, National Youth Orchestra, Kiwanis Scholarships, Kiwanis Provincial Finalists, various scholarships winners at the Peel Music Festival.