The Helios Ensemble is a 40-person community vocal performance group based in Tucson, Arizona founded and directed by Benjamin Hansen. The group creates heartfelt, professional level performances through creative and uplifting group vocal technique.
Benjamin Hansen is the founder and artistic director of The Helios Ensemble, the artistic director of the Faculty/Staff choir at the University of Arizona, and the director of music at the United Church of Christ, Good Shepherd. Hansen received his BA from Yale, singing in The Yale Whiffenpoofs, his MM in voice from The Catholic University of America, his MM in conducting from The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. Hansen has conducted such works as Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, Mozart’s Requiem, Howell’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Poulenc’s Mass in G, and Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs. Hansen has studied conducting with Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, Leo Nestor, Jerry Blackstone, Mark Gibson, Earl Rivers, Fiora Contino, and Robert Sund. Hansen was the director of choral activities at Cincinnati State College, directing the Cincinnati State Chorale’s performance of Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, the national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds Game, and a set of spirituals for the World Choir Games in 2012. He was a Conducting Fellow at the Chorus America Conducting Symposium in 2010, Houston, TX, and he founded and directed the Washington Collegium, in Washington, D.C. from 2007 to 2009.
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Music of the summer night, Scandanavia, and Poulenc's Mass in G.
Featuring Vaughan Williams "Three Shakespeare Songs", Bach's "Lobet Den Herrn", & Holst's "Hyms from the Rig-Veda"
Featuring Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Poulenc's Sept Chansons.
Unacompanied vocal masterworks including Brahms’ "Fest-und Gedenksprüche", Barber’s "Reincarnations", and Howells' tribute to John F. Kennedy, "Take Him Earth for Cherishing".
"Music for Kings and Queens" celebrates music for royalty, whether of station, of heart, or of heaven, featuring music from Handel, Purcell, Parry, Howells and more.
An immersive performance of Bach's "B Minor Mass", Herbert Howells' "A Hymn for St. Cecilia", and more.
A delightful mix of vocal, organ, and choral works by Poulenc, Saint-Saens, and more.
In just two short years, The Helios Ensemble has burst onto the Tucson choral scene with truly professional level performances. Listen above! Become a part of our success and make a tax deductible donation. Help us perform large orchestral works, help us support young conductors and composers, and help us continue to uplift lives and voices through exhilarating choral music and group vocal technique. Our artistic director, Yale graduate and University of Arizona doctoral candidate Benjamin J. Hansen has an exciting year planned with some of your favorite Bach cantatas, exciting new music from Swiss composer Ivo Antognini, and Beethoven’s monumental Mass in C in the spring! Make your donation now, and make a difference in the lives of people through music, a profound therapy for all!
If you appreciate outstanding choral music that nurtures the singer in all of us, as well as new musical conductors and composers, please consider your tax deductible donation to The Helios Ensemble, a 501(c) 3 corporation.
We offer several ways to support Helios through:
You can donate by check made out to the Helios Ensemble and sent to P.O. Box 64762, Tucson, AZ 85728-4762 or through our Square store, linked below:
If you have any questions, please contact the Helios Ensemble Artistic Director, Benjamin Hansen, at the contact below.