The Piedmont Singers began as a one-time performance project of Dr. Helena von Rueden with sponsorship from Hampden-Sydney College in 2016. The successful project led to subsequent seasons and to the ensemble you see on this page, now performing regularly in Central Virginia. Made of up eight vocal professionals, the members of the Piedmont Singers are committed to the choral art at the highest level.
Helena von Rueden, Director
Mezzo-soprano and Founder/Director of The Piedmont Singers, Helena von Rueden is an Elliott Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Hampden-Sydney College. Her vocal performance career spans opera, choral, and oratorio. Dr. von Rueden has worked with the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, Capitol Opera Richmond and Sanctuary in Richmond. Before moving to Virginia, Dr. von Rueden enjoyed performing with Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra. As a choral conductor, she has directed the University of Santa Barbara Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Chamber Singers. She is thrilled to be singing with her inspiring colleagues as member and director of The Piedmont Singers.