Cancer claims a Juilliard faculty member

Cancer claims a Juilliard faculty member


norman lebrecht

September 21, 2020

The death has been reported of Warren Helms, a faculty member of the Juilliard School, William Paterson University in Wayne and Caldwell University. He had endured a long battle with cancer.

The William Paterson music department notes:

Professor Warren Helms passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. His family lost a husband and a father. The William Paterson community lost a devoted educator and brilliant musician.
A graduate of William Paterson, Warren was an excellent pianist, a devoted coach, and a dedicated colleague. Over the years, in addition to coaching many of the students in the Vocal Area, Warren also worked with and led our Choirs, co-taught Opera Workshop, and music directed operas and musicals, most recently the 2019 production of THE FANTASTICKS. One of Warren’s last performances was the February 2020 midday performance in Shea Auditorium, for which he collaborated with the entire voice faculty in a performance of French art song. There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the family deal with medical expenses. Please consider a donation of any size.