• Elliott Assistant Professor of Fine Arts

    Brinkley Hall, 015
    (434) 223-6367



D.M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
M.M., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011
B.A., Harvard University, 2001


Dr. Helena von Rueden started teaching at Hampden-Sydney in 2014. She directs the Hampden-Sydney Men's Chorus, and teaches a variety of music theory, musicology, and performance classes in the Fine Arts Department. She is the founder/director of a professional vocal octet, The Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia, and performs with this ensemble regularly around the State, including a recent performance of Pärt and Mendelssohn at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. A mezzo-soprano, her solo performance most often involves oratorio: recent engagements with the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale and Winston-Salem Symphony include Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem. Dr. von Rueden's research interests are in the area of interdisciplinary and collaborative choral music programming, a topic on which she presented at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's national conference in 2017. At Hampden-Sydney, Dr. von Rueden directs the Hampden-Sydney Music Series, bringing classical music offerings to the college every year. She serves as faculty advisor to the Acousticals and serves on the Lectures & Programs Committee. Her academic degrees include a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelors degree in Biology from Harvard University. Visit her website at www.helenavonrueden.com.

Research Interests and potential topics for students

Research interests: Leadership and Music Ensembles, Choral Music and Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance
Potential topics for students: Leadership and Music, Music and Social Change, American Music History, Leadership and Conducting, The Practice of Choral Conducting