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Jessica Helms, a native of Ventura, graduated from California Lutheran University with a BA in Piano and Oboe and is working towards a MM in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. She has also done Master’s work at Westminster Choir
College in Princeton, New Jersey. Jessica has accompanied for many choirs, ensembles, and soloists at various Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles County locations including Newbury Park High School, Ascension Lutheran Church, CLU, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Oxnard, the Geraldine Decker Vocal Studio, Camarillo Community Theatre, All Saints by the Sea of Santa Barbara, CSULA, and Ventura College. Presently, she is music director and organist of College United Methodist Church of Ventura, accompanist and assistant artistic director of the Gold Coast Concert Chorus, staff accompanist for the CLU Music Department including Areté, CLU’s professional choral ensemble, and on the board of the Ventura Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She has had the opportunity to perform across the country, including twice in Carnegie Hall, as well as work with many leading artists in a master class setting including Jo-Michael Scheibe, David Lang, Libby Larson, Emma Johnson, Daniel Beckwith, and Dalton Baldwin.