Hellen Weberpal, Cello
Born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois, Hellen Weberpal began her cello studies at age ten. She received her Bachelor of Music at DePaul University, studying with Steve Balderston, and her Master of Music from Rice University, under the tutelage of the Houston Symphony’s Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith. In May 2012, Weberpal won a year-long contract with the Houston Symphony and has been performing regularly with the Symphony since then. Her other orchestral experiences include positions with the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Texas Festival Orchestra, the DePaul Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, among many others. Weberpal is an active chamber musician, earning top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Polish Arts Club of Chicago’s Music Competition, Rockford’s Mendelssohn Club Scholarship, the Northern Illinois University School of the Arts Talent Scholarship, and the Rockford Symphony Youth Concerto competition. Weberpal has worked in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Klein ISD and Houston ISD as a private cello teacher and sectional coach. In 2011-12, she was a young artist fellow with Da Camera of Houston, where she taught both in the classroom and in the community.