Ariose Women’s Choir is an award winning, nationally recognized choir of singers from all walks of life. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, and led by artistic director Jolaine Kerley, the group enjoys the challenge of exploring and performing music of various styles and from different periods with the goal of exposing audiences to a vast array of women’s choral music. Ariose presents its own concert series twice a year (Winter & Spring) and offers free performances at various community functions.
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Marilyn Kerley, Ariose has built a legacy of excellence in choral music, and has filled a unique role in Canada’s choral landscape. The group regularly performs pieces by Canadian artists, and has commissioned several works by Canadian composers, including Allan Bevan, Ramona Luengen, and most recently Christine Donkin.
In 2014, Ariose participated in the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival and from there placed second in the national music festival. The group has also 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. Ariose was delighted to collaborate with two of Edmonton's finest choral ensembles, DaCamera Singers and Belle Canto Women's Choir, in their 2017 - 2018 season.
Ariose has released seven recordings: Ariose (2000), Joy shall be yours (2001), Cantemus (2004) and There, in that Other World (2005), and What Child is This? (2008) and Love, Light, and Lullabies (2016) which was released for Ariose's 20th Anniversary. Most recently Ariose released it’s 7th CD “Snow Angel” (2018) at the December 2018 concert.