Mission Statement

The Helena Chamber Singers consist of singers in the Greater Helena area who are dedicated to rehearsing and performing quality choral music from around the world that represents a variety of musical periods and styles and is distinguished for its artistic excellence.

The goals of the choir are to::

  1. DEVELOP artistry and musicianship in its members and in so doing provide an expressive outlet for them;
  1. PRESENT concerts that will be a means of enjoyment and contemplation for its audiences.
  1. SING in such an artistic and vocally appropriate way that the music will uplift and touch the hearts of its audiences as well as its members.

In order to achieve these goals, the Helena Chamber Singers are committed to weekly rehearsals that involve intensive and detailed work on high-quality choral music, with concentration on vocal tone quality (vowel uniformity and integrity), pitch accuracy, rhythmic precision, melodic contour, dynamic nuance, and clear textural expression (enunciation). Musical expressivity is a highly-desired outcome of their weekly rehearsals.

“My goal as the director of the Helena Chamber Singers is to help the singers develop their artistic potential.  This means helping them become more sensitive to the quality of the sounds they make individually, more sensitive to the rising and falling nature of melody, more sensitive to the powerful and exciting force of rhythm, and to the harmonic structure of the music they sing. I believe that musical expression must also be an integral part of the choral experience in rehearsals and performances in order to achieve the stated goals of the choir.”      Dr. Michelson

Inquiries regarding HCS membership should be directed to Dr. Michelson at (406) 459-8259 or skmichelson46@gmail.com.