Dr. Helen Marlais’ performance schedule includes concerts and pedagogical sessions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her travels abroad have included performing and teaching in S. Korea, Taiwan, Italy, England, France, Spain, Hungary, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Estonia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, and Russia. Marlais has recorded on Audite, Gasparo, Stargrass and Centaur record labels. She has had performances broadcast regionally, nationally, and internationally, on radio, television, and the Internet. Her most recent recording with her husband, concert clarinetist Arthur Campbell, Music for Clarinet and Piano, was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today. FonoForum, a leading European classical music magazine, writes: “Seldom has one so clearly observed the bubbling substructure of the piano part of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 and, thereby, seldom have the Schumann pieces been played so elegantly and delicately.” They continue with: “Campbell’s and Marlais’ playing is always exact, elegant, without excess. The beauty of this genuinely joint playing is so engaging that it seems to lack for nothing.”

Dr. Marlais’ dedication to pedagogy for the young is sincere and unwavering. One of the joys of her life has been creating materials to support piano teachers as they guide young musicians. Her series, the Succeeding at the Piano® method, Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm®, Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions®, among others, are published by the FJH Music Company. Her books have been translated into Korean, Taiwanese, and Chinese. She is the Director of Keyboard Publications for The FJH Music Company.

Recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to a Discipline Award at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Helen teaches piano and directs the Piano Pedagogy Certificate program for undergraduate piano majors and professional piano teachers. She received her DM in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and her MFA in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her BM in piano performance from the University of Toledo and was their 2008 Outstanding Alumna in the Arts.


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