Kate Helsen studied voice as a music history major at the University of Western Ontario and sang with the Ontario Youth Choir and the Amabile Youth Singers. She began singing with Tafelmusik in 2000. In 2004 she moved to Germany to pursue her Ph.D. in Medieval Musicology. When she returned to Ontario in 2008, she was delighted to rejoin Tafelmusik. As a musicologist, she specializes in medieval chant research and teaches music history at the University of Western Ontario.