Director of Vocal Jazz
Christine Helferich Guter is a jazz vocalist and studio singer who brings an immense wealth of experience to our faculty. She performs frequently in LA and Orange County, and has worked with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Mel Tormé.
Christine works extensively in studio settings and has sung on dozens of Hollywood soundtracks including Disney’s Mulan, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sing!, Ready Player One, Star Trek Beyond, The Jungle Book, Jurassic World, Despicable Me 2, Men in Black 3, and Spiderman 3. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AFM.
An extraordinary educator, Christine is active internationally as a lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician, and has conducted numerous All-State Jazz and Honor Choirs. Christine is a member of the California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ), the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has served on the board of ACDA Western Division and the California Choral Directors Association as Vocal Jazz Chair.
Christine is proud to be a board member for the non-profit organization Jazz Education Abroad and is the jazz voice instructor for the Thailand Jazz Workshop. She is also a founding member of iJazzMusic Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Jazz Education Abroad.
In 2018, Christine received the prestigious "Jazz Education Achievement Award" from DownBeat Magazine for her exemplary work as a jazz educator. She is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. She teaches private jazz voice lessons, a solo jazz singing workshop, has taught class jazz piano and jazz theory, and directs the university’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time.