Wayne State University

Arianne Abela


  • Faculty, Choral Union and Women's Chorale


Arianne Abela currently directs the Women's Chorale and Choral Union at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and serves as the Director of Music at Bethlehem UCC in Ann Arbor, MI. Abela is the founder and conductor of 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer orchestra and chorus of 60 that was recently featured in the quarter finals 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 the film Walk of Shame. Abela has a doctorate from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Jerry Blackstone, and a master’s degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music under Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and Simon Carrington. Abela was selected as one of ten to participate in the Dallas Opera's inaugural Women's Conductor Institute, and was recently appointed music director of Canadian-based opera company, Re:Naissance Opera. She has also been invited to guest conduct upcoming productions of Falstaff and Don Giovanni for the Detroit-based opera company, OperaMODO. Abela has served as Director of the University of Michigan Residential College singers, Chorus Master for the University of Michigan Opera productions under the direction of Martin Katz, Assistant Conductor for University Musical Society's Choral Union, and Assistant Conductor for the University of Michigan Chamber Choir. She has conducted choirs at Yale University, 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 appeared with Yale Choral Artists, sounding light, Yale Schola Cantorum, Audivi. Originally from the San Francisco, California, Abela sang as a member of the San Francisco Girls Chorus for many years. 

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