Rachel Milligan Helton, mezzo soprano, is a native of Canton, OH. She currently resides
in Abingdon, VA. Helton holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music from Indiana
University's Jacobs School of Music. She is an adjunct professor with Emory & Henry
College, Mil-ligan College, and East Tennessee State University. She teaches applied
voice, opera workshop, diction, vocal pedagogy, and leads Heard Mentality, a men's
a cappella group at Milligan College. She also maintains a private voice studio.
Helton's operatic performance credits include, the title role in Carmen, Hänsel in
Hänsel und Gretel, and roles in Albert Herring, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Magic
Flute, Così fan tutte, The Barber of Seville, Susannah, and Faust. Helton has performed
with Asheville Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, Indianapolis Opera,
Undercroft Opera, and Indiana University Opera Theater. Helton's concert credits include
Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Messiah, A Child of Our Time by Tippett, Vivaldi's
Gloria, and Duruflé's Requiem.