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Barbara Cooper-Helfrich

Classical Singer from Orchard Park, NY - Will travel up to 10 miles
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Barbara Cooper-Helfrich is a distinguished local performing artist. She has been engaged by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Greater Buffalo Opera Company, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Buffalo Chromatic Club, and many other organizations. She is a 2 time winner of the annual Baird Concerto Competition at the University of Buffalo and was a semi-finalist in Columbia Artists' Lola Wilson Hayes International Vocal Competition in NYC. Ms. Cooper performs frequently as a concert soloist and recitalist, as well as for private and public special events.

Ms. Cooper-Helfrich has performed major and supporting roles in operas such as 'Die Fledermaus' (J. Strauss), 'Semele' (Handel), 'The Marriage of Figaro' (Mozart), 'The Rape of Lucretia' (Britten), 'Suor Angelica' (Puccini), 'Carmen' (Bizet), 'Salome' (R. Strauss), and 'Madame Butterfly' (Puccini). She has performed as concert soloist with Dave Brubeck, back-up singer for Sara Brightman, recording with John Williams on the film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' and prepared and conducted choruses for Kenny Rogers.

In addition to performing, Ms. Cooper-Helfrich is an accomplished choral conductor, teacher and vocal coach.

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Ms. Cooper was very accomodating - and interested - in helping me plan my Memorial Service for both parents. She helped me with selections and asked for help in finding sheet music/lyrics to those songs she didn't know. She allowed plenty of time for the latter so she could learn the music well ahead of time. She requested to see the venue ahead of time and spent a long time with me and the funeral home director working out the best postitioning, etc., for her voice. She also played the piano and accompanied herself on guitar where appropriate -and, of course, after discussion with me. The piano and guitar were welcome and surprise additions! She also came fully prepared with an amplifier and mike "just in case." (Her voice is strong enough, however, that she needed neither.) At the service itself, even though I had explained what the songs meant to me and my parents, I could see that she was very moved by the service - but stayed professional and performed beautifully. Feedback has included comments on her lovely voice and about how heartfelt her singing was: people could not believe I hadn't know her before! She impressed a lot of my guests and I hope it helps her get more "gigs." (Of course, I also put in a plug for Gigmasters!) It was also nice to be able to hire someone from my local area. I certainly will think of her in the future!

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2007
May
5
Funeral
Niagara Falls, NY
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2006
Aug
14
Private Event
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classical Singer
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Please note Barbara Cooper-Helfrich will also travel to Sandusky, Delevan, Sardinia, Yorkshire, Arcade, Chaffee, Farmersville Station, Freedom, Machias, Franklinville, Centerville, East Concord, Rushford, West Valley, Holland, Houghton, Springville, Bliss, Glenwood, Caneadea.
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