Music for Social Justice: Melanie Helton, soprano, with Rodney Whitaker

Special video premiere presentation

Video interview and performance with soprano Melanie Helton


This performance is part of the Michigan State University College of Music video series, Music for Social Justice, an opportunity for MSU artists to express their thoughts and feelings on important social justice issues, doing so with their insightful, often moving comments and of course their art, the music. Nine episodes of the series have been filmed, premiering online August 12 through December 2, 2020. 

Watch the premiere of this presentation and share comments on the MSU College of Music YouTube channel.

Melanie Helton, soprano, has been hailed by The New York Times for her "dark soprano that warms the ear." A favorite of American composers such as Leonard Bernstein, she is known for helping to originate difficult roles. Helton is professor of voice at the MSU College of Music where she also directs the MSU Opera Theatre. As a stage director, her productions at MSU have earned multiple awards. She is accompanied by Rodney Whitaker, renowned jazz bassist and director of the MSU Jazz Studies program

The 2020–2021 Music for Social Justice video series is generously sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union

All videos in the MSU Music for Social Justice series have been filmed following safety guidelines and regulations as set forth by Michigan State University and the State of Michigan.

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