Faculty Profile

Danny Helseth

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Studies; Director of Bands

Email: helsethd@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2952
Office: Beegle 102

Education: BA, Central Washington University, 1999; MM, University of North Texas, 2002. At SPU since 2013.

No stranger to the greater Northwest music world, Danny Helseth directs theSymphonic Wind Ensemble at Seattle Pacific. He is recognized as an exciting and spirited euphonium soloist, and has been a featured artist throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and China. A champion of new music who continually challenges common performance convention, Mr. Helseth has been instrumental in the commissioning of many new solo works for the euphonium, as well as in creating new ensemble opportunities. Mr. Helseth has continually pushed the boundaries of low brass chamber music, and is a founding member of the tuba-euphonium quartet Eufonix. The anticipated 2014 release of the ensemble’s fourth album solidifies its status as one of the premiere low brass chamber ensembles in the world. 

A champion of music education as well, Mr. Helseth has presented master classes and clinics to students of all ages throughout the United States, Japan and China. He is a regular on the band-clinic circuit, offering bands of varying levels an enthusiastic approach to music that he hopes is contagious. Fall of 2013 sees Mr. Helseth not only beginning as director of bands at Seattle Pacific University, but also beginning his third year as instructor of tuba and euphonium at Eastern Washington University, and his fourth year teaching trombone and euphonium at the Lakeside School in Seattle. 

Forever a student of music, Mr. Helseth has studied with: Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, Steven Mead, Brian Bowman, Russ Schultz, and Larry Gookin. He holds degrees from Central Washington University, the University of North Texas, and Royal Northern College of Music, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington. Mr. Helseth was a Fulbright Scholar to Great Britain in 2001–02. A performing artist for Buffet Group USA, he plays exclusively on a Besson 2052 Prestige Euphonium, and the Danny Helseth artist series mouthpieces by Giddings & Webster. 

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Why I Teach at SPU

Danny Helseth, Director of Bands; Instructor of Tuba/Euphonium

“A musical life is one of tremendous hard work, many challenges, and overwhelming rewards and experiences. I’ve had the fortune to travel the world and have life-changing experiences through music. My teachers and mentors played a vital role in my development. It is a tremendous, and humbling opportunity to have the chance to guide students along this path. The road is not easy, but it is well worth the effort.”