Lenora Helm

Title: Musician

Company: The Zenzalai Group

Location: Durham, NC United States


  • Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2017)
  • Recipient, Exemplary Student Engagement Award (2011)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Community Engagement Award (2011)
  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, North Carolina Central University (2011)
  • Recipient, Exemplary Teaching Service Award (2008)
  • Recipient, Manhattan Community Arts Fund Award, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of New York (2005)
  • Recipient, Jazz Composers Commission Award for New Works Creation and Presentation, Chamber Music America (2004-2005)
  • MacDowell Colony Composer Fellow (2004)
  • Fellow, State University of New York, Collaborative Online International Learning Institute (2011-Present);
  • Recipient, Artist-in-the-School Community Award, New York Foundation for the Arts (2002)
  • Top 100 Jazz CDs in the U.S., JazzWeek (2002);
  • Recipient, Young Entrepreneur Award, Universal Jazz Coalition, Inc. (2001)
  • Recipient, The Dakota Award, Dakota Station (1999)
  • Recipient, Major Young Artist Award, Universal Jazz Coalition, Inc. (1998)
  • Inductee, The Jazz Ambassadors—America’s Big Band, U.S. Army (1998-1999)
  • Honoree, Best New Jazz Artist, Jazz From the City (1994)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (2005-2010, 2012-2015)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2008)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2009)


  • Master of Music in Jazz Performance, East Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music
  • Coursework, The American Conservatory of Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Boston University

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