Kelli Falls, Director
Kelli Falls teaches vocal music at Parker Middle School in Howell. She has been a director and clinician for ensembles/choirs throughout Michigan. She has directed two State Honors Choirs, traveled to over 10 states with ensembles, and toured overseas in Europe with high school and adult choirs. Kelli's undergraduate vocal music education degree is from Western Michigan University, and her masters conducting degree is from Michigan State University. Locally Kelli is the proud director of the Livingston County Chorale. Kelli is an active soprano soloist in the community, and she also sings with the Premier Big Band. Kelli's love is music, and her passion is teaching and conducting. It is her belief that every singer has the potential to excel to greatness. In 2016 Kelli was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Michigan by the Michigan Vocal Music Association. She believes that in order to educate, you must first inspire. Kelli loves life and is very grateful for the support of her wonderful husband, family, and friends. She is honored to be part of this year's presentation of Handel's Messiah. have made quality our habit. It’s not something that we just strive for – we live by this principle every day.
Rick Helderop, Organist
Rick's involvement and ministry with church music began at age 13 directing choirs and playing the organ at his home church. Sparked by a life long interest in music, Rick earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Grand Valley State University and his Master's degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, studying under the internationally-acclaimed Robert Glasgow. Rick has also pursued additional doctoral course work. Rick's ministry has not only led him to direct choirs to also use his talent as a church and concert organist in the United States, Canada, and Russia. As the CEO of Covenant Organs, LLC, Rick is also an accomplished organ builder, taking instruments and rebuilding them to work with his client's venues. Rich had the opportunity to install the first pipe organ in a church in Russia since the 1917 revolution.