Helen Tintes-Schuermann, D.M.

Helen Tintes-Schuermann, D.M.

Chair of the Music Department, Associate Professor of Music

Helen Tintes-Schuermann is Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Music Department at Ave Maria University.  She is an accomplished singer-actress (contralto) and voice teacher/coach who performs regularly in opera, oratorio, concert and musical theater. Recent performances include Messiah with the Ft. Myers Mastersingers, concerts with the Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida and a Puccini opera double bill with FM Opera (Minnesota). Tintes has performed throughout Europe and the USA and has given masterclasses in Austria, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, China, and throughout the USA. She has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and the Music and Arts Private University (MUK) of Vienna, Austria.

Many of her students perform in opera houses and in musical theater in Europe and the United States and also serve as educators, arts administrators and liturgical musicians.

Tintes holds the Doctor of Music from Northwestern University.


Education: B.S./B.A. Music Education and Literature (Minnesota State University); M.M. Vocal Performance (University of Minnesota); Masters in Lied and Oratorio (Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria); DM Vocal Performance (Northwestern University)

Research Interests: Spanish and Latin American Music (Renaissance to Contemporary); German Lied and Oratorio; Bodymapping/Andover Educators; Movement and Audition Techniques for Singer-Actors.

Courses taught: 

Applied Voice

Opera Workshop

Lyric Diction

Internship Opportunities:

Voice Students perform with Opera Naples, Gulfshore Opera, Bach Ensemble, Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida, as Cantors and liturgical musicians at Ave Maria Catholic Church and in local churches of SW Florida.

Office: Canizaro Library 249
Phone: (239) 280-1589
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Honor Societies:NATS (Tampa Bay Vice President), EVTA, Rotary Scholar to Austria.


Emily Swope, 2016 Graduate:  Masters Student in Liturgical Music (Voice) at Notre Dame University

Madeline Adams, 2016 Graduate: Teacher at Donahue Academy, Ave Maria, Fl

Regina Russo, 2016 Graduate:  Teacher at Donahue Academy, Ave Maria, FL and Singer-Teacher.

Kaitlyn Walton, 2016 Graduate:  Teacher at Mason Academy, Naples, Fl

Regina Avila, 2017 Graduate:  Music Ministry at John Paul II Catholic Parish (Idaho Falls, ID) and Solo Vocalist