Helen was born and raised in the Netherlands, and in 2000, her family moved to a small town in Iowa. In 7th grade, she started to accompany her grade school choir, which sparked her interest in accompanying/collaborative piano. In high school, she became the accompanist for the Siouxland Boys Choir for 6 years, recorded 12 CDs, and served as a local church organist. During high school and college, she was the rehearsal/performance pianist for many community musical productions, such as Oklahoma!, the Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at Northern Arizona University. She also accompanied many instrumental and vocal students for their lessons, juries, and recitals.
Helen moved from Iowa to Arizona, and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, with an emphasis on accompanying. She went on to complete her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. During her years of study, she had the opportunity to participate in many masterclasses, including those led by Jeffrey Swan, Dmitry Rachmanov, and Zuill Bailey. Helen has studied privately with Prof. Rita Borden, Dr. Walter Cosand, and Prof. Russell Ryan. Besides teaching at Kat’s Artist Tree, she is also a music faculty adjunct at Grand Canyon University.