Scott Helms is the founding Artistic Director of Desert Overture. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Lesbian-Gay Band Association, and was a featured conductor for the 2011, 2014, and 2016 LGBA Conferences in Seattle, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Springs, respectively. In 2009, Scott co-wrote the script and composed the score for an original gay-themed silent movie, “A Belch Can Ruin a Wedding”, which was premiered by the Phoenix Metropolitan Philharmonic Ensemble under his direction. This film was featured in the Desperado Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and has also been performed by bands in New York, Chicago, and Seattle. He was the Assistant Artistic Director for the Team Band concert at Gay Games IX in Cleveland in 2014.
Scott graduated Magna cum Laude from Butler University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree and High Honors in music theory and composition. He also earned a master’s degree in music theory in 1991 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a master’s degree in instrumental music education from Ball State University in 1993. Scott is a Registered Piano Technician and owner of Helms Music, Inc. He is a past member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus and served as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Metropolitan Philharmonic Ensemble from 2008-2010. In 2019, he was a finalist in the Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Awards. He met his partner, Randy, in 1992, and they were married 2015.