Gregory W. Heltman is the Founder of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Born in Los Alamos, Greg Heltman grew up in Santa Fe and began playing the trumpet at age nine, while continuing his studies with Gene Kuntz, former trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera orchestras. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the University of the Pacific, where he studied with Dale Fjerstad. He then moved to the New York area where he studied with Mel Broiles of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1981 he moved to Venezuela, where he taught trumpet for the famous “El Sistema” Orchestra de Juvenile program. Then, he and his wife Elaine moved to Israel for two years, where he was a member of the Israel Sinfonietta.
In 1984 they moved back home to Santa Fe, where he founded The Santa Fe Symphony that same year. From 1988–1999, while The Symphony was becoming established, he was also an Elementary School Music Educator for the Santa Fe Public Schools. Greg has performed with the Stockton Symphony, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and The Santa Fe Opera, and was principal trumpet and Assistant Orchestra Manager with the Hidden Valley Chamber and Opera Orchestra.
In addition to performing on the trumpet, Greg is the Director of the Santa Fe Concert Band. The Heltmans have a son, Mark, who has recently begun his college years.