About

The Helios Ensemble is a 55-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.


About Benjamin Hansen, Artistic Director

Benjamin Hansen is the founder and Artistic Director of The Helios Ensemble and the Director of Music at the Catalina United Methodist Church. Hansen received his BA from Yale, singing in the Yale Whiffenpoofs; his MM in voice from The Catholic University of America; and his MM in conducting from The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Arizona.


Hansen has conducted such works as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Howells’ Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, 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, and a Conducting Fellow at the Chorus America Conducting Symposium in 2010 in Houston, TX.

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