Chad Emry Heltzel

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Chad Emry Heltzel
Conductor, Pianist, Educator
“A precise and inspiring musician, committed to the highest artistic standards.”
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Recognized for his inspiring leadership and committed artistry, conductor and pianist Chad Emry Heltzel is actively engaged throughout North America. Dr. Heltzel holds both a DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Toronto and a DMA in piano performance from l’Université de Montréal. Grounded in the standard symphonic, operatic, and piano repertoire, he has led numerous premieres as a dedicated advocate of contemporary music.
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  I had the pleasure of working with Chad Heltzel on the premiere of my orchestral work Non-Destructive Classical Music in 2019. He was an excellent advocate for the work, thoroughly prepared and brimming with ideas.
  All too often, conductors do not bring their own thoughts about a new work to a premiere, but Chad was deeply engaged and made many good suggestions. His technical control was superb, and his rehearsal technique was impeccable. The orchestra responded well to him. I found I had no need to interfere with his rehearsal process, as every concern I had he had already identified and was prepared to correct.
  All in all, this was one of the most positive experiences I have had with a conductor at a premiere.

  I had the pleasure of working with Chad Heltzel on the premiere of my orchestral work Non-Destructive Classical Music in 2019. He was an excellent advocate for the work, thoroughly prepared and brimming with ideas.
  All too often, conductors do not bring their own thoughts about a new work to a premiere, but Chad was deeply engaged and made many good suggestions. His technical control was superb, and his rehearsal technique was impeccable. The orchestra responded well to him. I found I had no need to interfere with his rehearsal process, as every concern I had he had already identified and was prepared to correct.
  All in all, this was one of the most positive experiences I have had with a conductor at a premiere.

  I had the pleasure of working with Chad Heltzel on the premiere of my orchestral work Non-Destructive Classical Music in 2019. He was an excellent advocate for the work, thoroughly prepared and brimming with ideas.
  All too often, conductors do not bring their own thoughts about a new work to a premiere, but Chad was deeply engaged and made many good suggestions. His technical control was superb, and his rehearsal technique was impeccable. The orchestra responded well to him. I found I had no need to interfere with his rehearsal process, as every concern I had he had already identified and was prepared to correct.
  All in all, this was one of the most positive experiences I have had with a conductor at a premiere.

Gary Kulesha

  Chad Heltzel is a first rate professional, a precise and inspiring musician. A gifted conductor with total focus and impressive technique, he is committed to the highest artistic standards and communicates his ideas expertly.

  Chad Heltzel is a first rate professional, a precise and inspiring musician. A gifted conductor with total focus and impressive technique, he is committed to the highest artistic standards and communicates his ideas expertly.

  Chad Heltzel is a first rate professional, a precise and inspiring musician. A gifted conductor with total focus and impressive technique, he is committed to the highest artistic standards and communicates his ideas expertly.

Uri Mayer

  Dr. Heltzel brings so much energy to each lesson and his technical and musical instruction is always clearly and imaginatively communicated. I am so full of ideas and inspiration after leaving a lesson that I can not wait to return to my practice and apply what I have learned.

  Dr. Heltzel brings so much energy to each lesson and his technical and musical instruction is always clearly and imaginatively communicated. I am so full of ideas and inspiration after leaving a lesson that I can not wait to return to my practice and apply what I have learned.

  Dr. Heltzel brings so much energy to each lesson and his technical and musical instruction is always clearly and imaginatively communicated. I am so full of ideas and inspiration after leaving a lesson that I can not wait to return to my practice and apply what I have learned.

Grace Hu
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