heldermusic is the private music studio of Carl and Apryl Helder. We specialize in voice, piano, guitar, and bass lessons as well as a variety of musical services. We offer instruction in popular music production software (Logic Pro, Sibelius, Cubase, Garage Band, etc.) as well as solid advice on putting together a project studio from component selection to setup and use. In addition, please consider our expertise whether preparing for your next audition or recording your first album and everything in between.
Carl Helder has been teaching and making music for over 20 years in northern New Jersey. Carl was first introduced to the piano at the age of 5 when he began lessons with Prof. Josef Totzauer, Leipzig Conservatory of Music, in Ridgewood. In his teens, he taught himself to play the guitar and bass while preparing college audition repertoire with Joanne Teubner. Carl has a BM in Music Education from William Paterson University where he studied piano with Gary Kirkpatrick and minored in voice studying with Stephen Oosting.
After graduating cum laude and being named Outstanding Senior in Music Education by William Paterson's faculty in 1994, Carl began performing and teaching music full-time (both privately and in New Jersey's schools). Carl is currently on staff at Glen Rock High School where he directs the Concert Choir, Madrigal Choir, and Women's Choir. Mr. Helder also teaches courses in Music Theory and Music Technology. His work has involved being Musical Director for many high school and community theater productions including A Chorus Line, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Joseph, Pippin, and West Side Story to name just a few.
Carl continues to expand his musical experiences in all variety of styles from classical to pop, rock to jazz, electronic music, and anything and everything else. He has performed with original and cover bands throughout his career and worked for several years in the corporate band circuit playing popular music from the 1940's to today. Carl made his first record at the age of 16 and has been composing and recording ever since. He was involved with the home studio revolution in the 1980's and embraced computers and MIDI for making music early on. heldermusic is a labor of love for Carl and his talented wife Apryl. Together they hope to help you achieve your musical goals.
Apryl Helder, mezzo-soprano, is in high demand as a performer and voice teacher. She has graced many stages and venues including Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Carnegie Hall, NY.
Mrs. Helder currently maintains a private voice studio in Bergen County, NJ. She is also the musical director for the Saddle River Youth Theater and Park Players in Allendale, serves on the adjunct teacher roster at NJPAC, and is the alto soloist and section leader at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood.
Before coming to NJ in 2005, Mrs. Helder made her professional debut with the Nashville Opera. She was a prize winner in several vocal competitions including the Mid-South National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Heidi Carlisle International Young Artist Competition. Apryl also competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and studied under the direction of renowned international opera singer, Patricia Andress.
Opera and musical theater credits include both Cherubino and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Tessa in The Gondoliers, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, The Witch in Into the Woods, Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, and various opera scenes and musical theater revues. Oratorio and sacred music credits as alto soloist include Handel's Messiah; Vivaldi's Gloria; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Rutter's Magnificat; Mozart's Coronation Mass in C Major; Durufle's Requiem; Honeggar's King David, as well as Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, and Cantatas No. 80 (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott.) and 11. Masterclass credits include Richard Miller and Maestro David Jones.