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Soloist & Collaborative Pianist

​​​​​Helen Lukan​, Pianist

While serving as the principal pianist for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Helen also performs regularly with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and frequently substitutes with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the Battle Creek
Symphony. She has also performed with the Florida Symphony.

Besides her work with regional orchestras and other ensembles, Helen collaborates with a host of students and faculty for recital performances at WMU's School of Music. 

Helen began her piano instruction at the age of four under the tutelage of Mr. William Stapelton of Chicago. She earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at WMU under the instruction of Phyllis Rappeport and Dr. Robert Ricci, and received her undergraduate degree at Bradley University where she studied piano with Dr. Edward Kaizer.

In addition to an ongoing association with the Boston Brass, Helen recently recorded Gershwin's Three Preludes as a featured artist for the KBR Steinway Sessions Live at Overneath Studios. She has been a featured soloist with the Western Winds, performing another Gershwin favorite, Rhapsody in Blue, and has performed with TubaCOR at Eastman Conservatory for the Women in Music Series. She has charmed audiences with her collaborative programs, America: A Musical Tribute! with soprano, Katelin Spencer, and Four-Hand-Frenzy with sister, Clare Chenoweth. Helen is the featured artist and co-creator with husband Cameron S. Brown of the multi-media presentation, A Kaleidoscope of Sound.