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    Ariose Women’s Choir is an award-winning choir of 30 singers from every walk of life – all of whom enjoy the challenge of exploring and performing women’s choral music from many styles and periods. In 2008, Ariose was awarded first place in the Equal Voices Choir (Female) in CBC’s National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. Ariose has six times been a finalist in this national competition, and was awarded 2nd prize in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006.

    Formed in 1995 by Dr. Marilyn Kerley in Edmonton, Ariose strives to expose its audiences to a wide variety of women’s choral music – much of it unaccompanied – which allows the choir to fill a unique role in Canada’s rich choral landscape. To this end, Ariose has commissioned several works by Canadian composers Allan Bevan and Ramona Luengen.

    In addition to presenting its own concert series, Ariose performs at community functions throughout the greater Edmonton area. Ariose has appeared as an invited guest at the biennial conference of the International Society for Music Educators, the annual conference of the Alberta Choral Federation, and at Podium, the biennial conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors.

    In December 2008, Ariose released its fifth recording – What Child is This? – a collection of familiar Christmas songs. Ariose has released four other recordings: Ariose (2000), Joy shall be yours (2001), Cantemus (2004) and There, in that Other World (2005). More about Ariose's CDs

    Jolaine Kerley, Ariose co-conductor
    Jolaine Kerley, director
    Jolaine Kerley holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. Jolaine is active as a soloist, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and teacher. Along with her position as conductor of Ariose Women’s Choir, Jolaine is currently director of the choral program at Archbishop Jordan High School. She has been heard as soprano soloist with Pro Coro Canada, Richard Eaton Singers, Ariose Women’s Choir, Scona Chamber Singers, Alberta Baroque Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Masterwork Chorus, and Spiritus Chamber Choir. Jolaine is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Concordia University College, and she also maintains a busy private voice studio.

    Helen Stuart, Ariose pianist
    Helen Stuart, accompanist
    Helen Stuart holds a B.Mus. with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and maintains a busy teaching and accompanying schedule in the Edmonton area. Ms. Stuart accompanies numerous choirs, including Edmonton's Greenwood Singers as well as several youth choirs.

    Ariose's Successes

    May 2008
    Ariose was awarded first place in the Equal Voicees Choirs (Female) in Choral 2008, CBC's 2008 National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs, on April 29, 2008. The choir travelled to Laval, Quebec to perform in a Gala Concert on May 18, 2008.

    Ariose Members

    Most Ariose members are music students, teachers of music, or accomplished musicians in their own right. What brings them together is a love for beautiful choral music.

    2013-14 Ariose Members
    Soprano I
    Lindsay Batke
    Alicia Fenton
    Camilla Kershaw
    Anna Metz
    Kyra Noster-Tinant
    Amelina (Amy) Thwaites
    Lindsey Tinant
    Soprano II
    Anne Bailey
    Amanda Becker
    Jennifer Darbyshire
    Elizabeth Dreidger
    Kelley Lund
    Alison Norris
    Heidi Reader
    Amanda Wong
    Patricia York

    Alto I
    Joelle Banasch Campbell
    Krisandra Bujold
    Mara Erickson
    Heather Fairfield
    Sharon Jong
    Megann Karasin Derry
    Susan Loewen
    Jenny Nelson
    CHristine Pask
    Helen Stuart
    Alto II
    TobyLauren Burgesss
    Sharon Darbyshire
    Crystal Eyo
    Annie Fast
    Lisa Heslip
    Meghan Holland
    Jessica Robertson
    Rachel Wik
    Tristin Wilde

    If you would like to sing with Ariose, please contact Jolaine Kerley at jolaine.kerley@concordia.ab.ca to arrange for an audition.

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