Dr. Shandra Helman

Photo of Dr. HelmanAssistant Professor of Music
Woodwind Area Coordinator

Telephone: (208) 282-3024
E-mail: helmsha2@isu.edu
Websites: Helman MusicRico Reeds


  • B.Mus. 2000, Lawrence University
  • M.A. 2004, University of Iowa
  • D.M.A. 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joined ISU Faculty in 2008.


Shandra Helman is Assistant Professor of Clarinet & Saxophone and Woodwind Area Coordinator at Idaho State University. She is also contracted as the 3rd/Bass Clarinet of the Boise Philharmonic and the Principal Clarinet of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, and was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Orchestral Audition Competition for the International Clarinet Association Conference. Her extensive orchestral experience includes performances on clarinet and bass clarinet with the Utah Opera, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Ballet companies, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. Shandra was also invited to participate as a feature recital artist at ClarinetFest® 2013 in Assisi, Italy.

Shandra has taught applied clarinet and saxophone and served as the Woodwind Area Coordinator at ISU since August 2008. She is a founding member of the ISU faculty woodwind quintet, City Creek Winds (established August 2010), which has enjoyed several feature recitals, including a debut with McCall's Second Sunday Sounds concert series, and a five-day tour of the greater Boise metro area. Shandra's academic course rotation includes core surveys of music history; woodwind methods; instrumental pedagogy; clarinet/saxophone pedagogy and literature; and advanced music history seminars. Her ongoing research and performance endeavors include a bass clarinet specialty; analysis of the ever-expanding amount of published bass clarinet repertoire; saxophone chamber music; and saxophone pedagogical methods.

Her primary instructors include Linda Bartley (DMA, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Maurita Murphy Mead (MA, University of Iowa), Fan Lei (BM, Lawrence University), and Melvin Warner (private study, Northern Illinois University). Shandra has also participated in additional studies with Kalmen Opperman and Kenneth Grant, and master classes with Steve Hanusofski, Lee Livengood, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Richard Stoltzman, and Patrick O'Keefe.

Shandra has been a Rico Artist since May 2011. She currently resides in Pocatello, Idaho with husband and horn player, Michael, their son, Alec, and their three cats, Gracie, Hattie, and Maddie.

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