Berkshire Choral International

Arianne Abela


Arianne Abela serves on the conducting faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and directs the Choral Union and Women's Chorale. She is music director of Canadian opera company Re:Naissance, has guest conducted with Detroit-based opera company OperaMODO, is founder and Artistic Director of the Detroit Women's Chorus, and is music director of Bethlehem UCC in Ann Arbor.

Arianne has conducted choirs at the University of Michigan and Yale University and has served as assistant conductor for the Yale Alumni Chorus on tours to Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. While based in Connecticut, she served on faculty at Wesleyan University, Notre Dame High School, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and The Westover School for Girls. As a professional singer, she has sung with a number of professional vocal ensembles including the Yale Choral Artists, sounding light, Etherea Vocal Ensemble, Arkokra,Yale Schola Cantorum, and Audivi.

Venturing over to reality television, Arianne is the founder and conductor of 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer orchestra and chorus of 60 that was featured in the final rounds of “America's Got Talent” (Season 8) at Radio City Music Hall. The ensemble has performed for various charities and fundraisers, was featured on NBC's “Today Show,” and can be heard on the soundtrack of Hollywood film “Walk of Shame” (featuring Elizabeth Banks).

Arianne holds a doctorate in conducting from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Jerry Blackstone and a Master of Music in conducting from the Yale School of Music under Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and Simon Carrington. Originally from San Francisco, Arianne now resides in Detroit with her husband, Noah, and daughter, Hazel. She returns to BCI as a staff conductor in Sheffield a decade after participating in 2006 and 2007 as an apprentice.