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Helen Marlais

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Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Associate Professor

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1229 The Haas Center for Performing Arts

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Dr. Helen Marlais has been recognized literally throughout North America and around the world for her pedagogical expertise and her collaborative performances. Her performance schedule includes collaborative concerts throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Jamaica, Australia, Italy, Austria, France, England, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and China with her husband, virtuoso clarinetist Arthur Campbell.  She has presented piano teacher workshops in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, (including Steinway Hall in New York City), North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin, Wyoming; New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada. In the past few years alone she has given 16 international piano teacher presentations:  five in Australia (Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney), two in New Zealand (Auckland and Hamilton), two in Taiwan (Taipei City, and Taichung City), and seven in South Korea (including Seoul, Busan, and Daegu).  

Helen has recorded on Audite, Gasparo, and Centaur record labels with Arthur Campbell and their most recent recording, Music for Clarinet and Piano, was nominated for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today. The same recording won Record of the Month from Stereo Magazine in 2012. Marlais has also recorded numerous educational piano CD’s for Stargrass Records®.  She has performed with members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Beijing National Symphony Orchestras, and has premiered many new works by contemporary composers from the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Germany’s leading classical music magazine writes: “Seldom has one so clearly observed the bubbling substructure of the piano part of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 and, thereby, seldom have the Schumann pieces been played so elegantly and delicately.” Commenting further on her collaboration with Campbell they continue:  “Campbell and Marlais’ playing is always exact, elegant, without excess. The beauty of this genuinely joint playing is so engaging that it seems to lack for nothing.”

Dr. Marlais is one of the most prolific authors in her field of educational piano books. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series, Succeeding at the Piano – a Method for EveryoneR, The All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the PianoR, Succeeding with the MastersR, The Festival CollectionR, In RecitalR, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every DayR as well as the rest of the The FJH Pianist’s Curriculum by Helen Marlais, are designed to motivate and guide students to succeed as pianists and musicians for a lifetime of enjoyment in music. Dr. Marlais’ educational piano CD’s for children are recorded on Stargrass Records. All the series and CD’s are published by The FJH Music Company.  She maintains an active piano studio of beginner through high school age award-winning students.   Dr. Marlais has a Piano Pedagogy Certification in place through Grand Valley State University for those who are interested and focused on piano teaching.  Marlais has also held full-time faculty piano positions at the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, Iowa State University, and Gustavus Adolphus College.  Helen received her DM in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University, her MFA in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumna in the Arts from the University of Toledo in 2008, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree.

Dr. Helen Marlais

Music for Clarinet and Piano

International Classical Music Awards

Record of the Month

Fantasy Pieces Op. 73

Succeeding at the Piano - a Method for EveryoneR, The All-in-One Approach to Succeeding at the PianoR, Succeeding with the MastersR, The Festival CollectionR, In RecitalR, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every DayR

The FJH Pianist's Curriculum by Helen Marlais

The FJH Music Company

Grand Valley State University Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award, in 2013

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