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educator , musician

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, musician, educator.


Helm, Lenora Zenzalai was born on August 15, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Studied at, American Consveratory Music, 1974—1975. Bachelor of Medicine, Berklee College Music, 1982.


Voice and piano instructor Palomba Music, Portchester, New York, 1991—1993. Voice and drama instructor Dance Cavise, Mammaroneck, 1992—1993. Vocal and piano instructor Private Instruction, 1991—1994.

Music. director, theatre arts program Center School, New York City, 1992—1994. Music coordinator, piano instructor Jacob Riis Settlement, Long Is. City, 1994—1997, senior citizens choir accompanist Long Island City, 1995—1996.

Teaching artist and performance artist Young Audiences, New York City, 1999—2005. LinkUP! teaching artist Carnegie Hall, 1999—2003. Vocal jazz instructor Nassau Boards of Cooperative Educational Services Cultural Arts Center, 2000—2004.

Jazz educator, 2000—2006. Teaching artist Brooklyn Philharm, Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City. Co-founder, artistic director Harmony, 2002—2007.

President, owner, writer, public Holly's Hits Music Public, since 1997. Artist manager Self Manager to Lenora Zenzalai Helm and the Zenzalai Project, since 1981. President International Women in Jazz, 1998—2001.

Director youth services Jacob Riis Settlement, Long Island City, 1995—1997. Adjunct professor jazz vocal studies North Carolina Central University, Durham, since 2005.


  • Other Work

    • Member vocal quartet Sepia, since 1990. Musician: (albums) Awakenings, 1997, Spirit Child, 1999, Precipice, 2002 (top 100 jazz CDs in the United States by JazzWeek, 2002), Voice Paintings, 2003, Chronicles of A Butterfly, 2008. Featured guest vocalist Jazzpar Tour, Europe, 2003 (Chamber Music American New Works Creation and Presentation Jazz Composers Commission award, 2004).


Member of Screen Actors Guild, American Society of Composers, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, New York City Arts in Education Roundtable (board directors), Grammy in Schools Committee, Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, Composer and Publisher, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Local 802 Musicians Union, Japan Central Music Public Composer, International Women in Jazz (past president 1998—2001, board member), International Association of Jazz Educators, Chamber Music American.


Daughter of Reginald and Vera H Helm.

Reginald Vera