• 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 was new to 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 at Hampden-Sydney College. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting in 2013, where she conducted the UCSB Women's Chorus and UCSB Men's Chorus. Dr. von Rueden is the past choral director at First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara and a private voice and piano teacher. Her doctoral research explored the use of figurative language and narrative to influence vocal technique, musical expressivity, and group collaboration in collegiate choral rehearsals. 

Dr. von Rueden completed her Masters in Vocal Performance at USCB with Benjamin Brecher in 2011, and continued her vocal study with Linda di Fiore. Past operatic roles include Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), Dorabella, (Cosí fan tutte), and Rosina (The Barber of Seville), all with UCSB Opera Theater, and the cover for Kate Pinkerton with Opera Santa Barbara. She is a past member of Richmond's a cappella choral group, Sanctuary, an ensemble of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, in Kansas City, Missouri. She performs oratorio regularly, including last season's Christmas Oratorio by St. Saëns with the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale. Other works include Handel's Messiah and Solomon, Charpentier's Te Deum, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. von Rueden grew up in New Jersey and received her Bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

Visit her website at www.helenavonrueden.com.