john_helgenHi, and welcome to my music page. I am a piano player, arranger/composer and church musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I currently serve as Director of Music Ministry at Roseville Lutheran Church. I was born in Austin, Minnesota and grew up in Osakis. I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, where I studied with Dr. Charles Forsberg and received a B.A. in Music Theory/Composition. I sang in the St. Olaf Choir and studied conducting with Dr. Kenneth Jennings, and also played in the brass section of the St. Olaf Band. I have a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Since 1979 I have lived in the Twin Cities area. My performing credits include numerous appearances as the piano player/leader of the jazz and variety quartet First Inversion and as keyboardist/arranger with the Jay Beech Band. I belong to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as well as the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM).