Eastern Mennonite University

Les Helmuth, tenor, received his vocal performance degree from Eastern Mennonite University. Helmuth regularly appears with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, most recently in the April 2012 performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Introduction and Gloria in D Major RV 588 and The Heavens are Telling. Previous performances with the SVCS include Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s The Messiah, Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord. He has appeared with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in all but two seasons as cantor in the Leipzig service with selected solo appearances in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Schubert’s Mass in E flat Major, a premier performance of The Other Itinerary (a collection of Bach arias, duets & quartets). He is a member of Harrisonburg-based Cantore, a group of nine men who love to sing. Cantore performs locally in festivals, churches, special events and has recently toured to Ohio, Florida and Eastern Virginia. One of his favorite roles sung is King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He is employed by Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community as Executive Director, VMRC Foundation.