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Helen Exner Bio
A classically trained pianist who evolved into a jazz-influenced singer-songwriter, Helen Exner moved in 2013 to the Fort Lauderdale area.  Prior to entering the South Florida music scene, Helen taught piano lessons and singing seminars, led church choirs, and performed for nearly a decade around the state of Wisconsin. 

Her award-winning, nationally recognized original music touches listeners with its intimate lyrics, graceful melodies, and funky grooves.  She has written, arranged and produced nearly all of the songs on her three albums, with a new album due to be released in 2014.

Helen is available to play at your private event; for details, email her at Helen.exner@gmail.com.  For testimonials about her past work, please read below.


Testimonials

“We booked Helen three times to entertain our clients for a dinner cruise on a riverboat.  She was a complete professional; punctual, well prepared and versatile.  Would hire again and again if she were in WI.”

 --Tony Denk, CFP  (Winneconne, WI and Phoenix, AZ)

 “You and your talent will be missed in Wisconsin. I have sure enjoyed your performances at the Shawano Folk Music Festival, as part of the Cotter Creek House Concert series that I organize, and at the various other venues where I have seen you perform. Please keep in touch and consider returning for a concert sometme soon.” 

--Joel Kroenke, Cotter Creek House Concert series organizer (Shawano, WI)

“Helen is an amazing musician and has a rare ability to teach others while inspiring students to find their own style as Helen has found her own. Amazingly talented and can adapt to any situation! It was great working with Helen!”

--Tom Thiel, assistant store manager, Henri’s Music Superstores (Appleton, WI)

Awards and Honors
2009: Guest artist on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” (Follow THIS LINK)

2008: WAMI nominee (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) for best contemporary jazz artist

1998-2002: Sang with jazz singer Kevin Mahogany, jazz pianist Uri Caine, and singer Bobby McFerrin as member of Lawrence University Jazz Singers

1998: Festival Choir of Madison premiered Helen’s choral work "Tiller of the Soil," commissioned in honor of Wisconsin's sesquicentennial (125th) celebration


Performances
In Florida:
2014: Coral Springs Tap House 1-year anniversary party
Fall 2013 to present: Under the Radar open-mic event, Coasters coffeehouse, Lake Worth

In Wisconsin:
American Heart Association “Heart Ball,” Lambeau Field (Green Bay)
Appleton Public Library (Appleton)
Caroline’s Jazz Club (Milwaukee)
Cena Restaurant (Appleton)
Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts (Plymouth)
Déjà Vu Martini Lounge (Appleton, Oshkosh)
Green Bay Country Club (Green Bay)
Harmony Café (Appleton)
Heidel House Resort (Green Lake)
Marc Golde’s Show of Shows (Menasha)
Mill Creek Blues Café (Appleton)
Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee)
Neenah Jazz Festival (Neenah)
New Moon Café (Oshkosh)
Paine Arts Center (Oshkosh)
Peabody’s Ale House
Performing Arts Center (Appleton)
Senor Tequila’s (Appleton)
Shawano Folk Festival (Shawano)
Stadium View Bar & Grill (Green Bay)
Theo’s Cream City Chophouse (Fond du Lac)
Third Avenue Playhouse (Sturgeon Bay)
Titletown Brewing Company (Green Bay)
Tundra Lodge Resort (Green Bay)