Helen McDermott

Viola/Violin Instructor

Instruments: Viola, Violin
Education: BM - Oberlin Conservatory
MM - Yale University
Currently Teaching: Music Academy Denver, Music Academy

One evening in fifth grade, Helen McDermott went to an instrument fair at her public school, determined to choose a clarinet. But the music director was so convincing in his efforts to secure a viola student that she walked out with a viola, and thus began her path in music. Helen went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from Yale University where she studied with Rafael Hillyer. She continued her studies with Bernard Zaslov at Northern Illinois University and Karen Tuttle at the Banff Centre. Helen played with the Puerto Rico and Oakland Symphony Orchestras, and while in the Bay Area was also principal violist with the Berkeley Symphony and the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic. Currently a member the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, she has trained in the Suzuki and O’Connor methods and teaches violin and viola. Helen has taught strings to young musicians in Haiti for the past three summers. She is a founding member of the Highlands Square Ensemble, and loves performing and coaching chamber music. In her spare time, she likes backpacking and traveling with family and friends.