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.