Helen Marlais’ active performance schedule includes collaborative concerts in North America, Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Marlais is one of the most prolific authors in the field of educational piano books. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series, Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm®, Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions®, among others, are exclusively published by The FJH Music Company. As well as being the Director of Keyboard Publications for The FJH Music Company, she is also an Associate Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches piano majors, directs the piano pedagogy program, and coordinates all of the group piano programs, which includes the young beginner piano program.
She performs and gives workshops throughout the country and at all of the national music teachers’ conventions. Her articles can be read in Keyboard Companion, The American Music Teacher, and Clavier magazines. Her more than 60 educational piano CD’s are recorded on Stargrass® Records.
Dr. Marlais has performed with members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Beijing National Symphony Orchestras to name a few, and has recorded on Gasparo and Centaur record labels with her husband, concert clarinetist Arthur Campbell. They have had numerous collaborative performances broadcast regionally, nationally, and internationally, on radio, television, and the Internet. Her travels abroad have included performing and teaching at the leading conservatories and festivals in Italy, France, Hungary, Turkey, Lithuania, Estonia, and China. She has premiered many new contemporary works by composers from the Unites States, Canada, and Europe and is also the pianist for the chamber music group Trio Nuovo. This group specializes in playing both new and well-known music for clarinet, bass clarinet, and piano.
She received her DM in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and her MM in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University.
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