Director of Vocal Jazz
Christine Guter (Helferich) is a jazz vocalist, pianist, and studio singer who brings an immense wealth of experience to our faculty. She has a full, rich voice of great range and versatility. Christine mainly works as a jazz vocalist, but performs all types of musical styles including classical, pop/rock, musical theater, country, and blues. She has performed extensively at concerts, festivals, colleges, and other venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
In the United States, Christine has worked with many legendary musicians including Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, and Bobby McFerrin. She has also toured internationally with the Dorsey Then and Now Orchestra.
Christine has worked extensively in studio settings since 1990, and has sung on Hollywood soundtracks including X-Men 3, Superman Returns, Charlotte’s Web, Deep Sea 3D, and Happy Feet. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). She also sings in the internationally renowned jazz ensemble, Vocalogy. The group released their debut album in 2005, and had the honor of performing at the 2005 International Association of Jazz Education Convention.
An extraordinary teacher and clinician, Christine is active nationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. She has presented numerous clinics and performance demonstrations for music education organizations and conferences. Christine is a member of the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has been a clinician for vocal jazz festivals and workshops in New York, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California. She has also been involved with the NARAS Foundation as director of the Grammy Jazz Choir in Miami, Florida and San Francisco, California.
Christine has been on the voice faculties of Southwestern Community College (Creston, IA), Mount San Antonio College (Walnut, CA), Long Beach City College (CA), and has taught at Jazz Camp West and Cazadero Fine Arts Camp in Northern California. Christine is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz at California State University Long Beach, where she teaches private jazz and classical voice lessons, and directs the university’s top vocal jazz ensemble.