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About Ariose

Ariose, a treble voice choir, led by Artistic Director, Jolaine Kerley, has been enchanting audiences in the heart of Edmonton since its inception in 1995 by Dr. Marilyn Kerley. With a mission deeply rooted in celebrating the rich tapestry of local composers, this nationally recognized and award-winning ensemble has become a shining beacon of artistic excellence and cultural pride.

Ariose's journey began in the vibrant and diverse city of Edmonton, where it found its voice amidst the picturesque landscapes of Alberta. Since its inception, the choir has maintained an unwavering commitment to showcasing the incredible wealth of musical talent that Canada has to offer. The group regularly performs pieces by Canadian artists and has commissioned several works by local composers, including Allan Bevan, Ramona Luengen, Christine Donkin, and most recently Laura Hawley.

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. Ariose’s most recent release is Snow Angel (2018).


You can find Ariose on Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, and other streaming platforms.

Meet Our Team

Jolaine Kerley (she/her)

Artistic Director

is active as a soprano soloist, voice instructor, choral conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has earned a MMus in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta and an MMus in Early Music Vocal Performance from Indiana University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton. Jolaine is in her tenth season as the conductor and artistic director of Ariose, and she is also conductor of the Archbishop Jordan High School Choirs. As artistic director of Ariose, Jolaine exposes her singers to a wide variety of styles, genres, and composers, and has highlighted many new works by Canadian composers in recent seasons. Most recently, Ariose performed the Alberta premiere of a co-commission written by Edmonton-based composer Laura Hawley, The Secret Wisdom of Flowers.  
Alongside her role as a choral conductor, Jolaine is active as a soprano soloist with choruses and orchestras throughout North America. Notable solo engagements include Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Pro Coro Canada, Allan Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and with the Portland Symphonic Choir, Allan Bevan’s Last Light Above the World  and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Richard Eaton Singer’s, Bach’s Johannes Passion with Calgary’s Professional vocal ensemble Luminous Voices, and an immersive Game of Thrones production with HBO and Giant Spoon Productions in Austin, Texas. Jolaine performs regularly with Early Music Alberta and upcoming solo engagements include a concert of the music of Monteverdi in fall 2023.  


Ariose acknowledges the traditional land on which we reside and perform, is in Treaty Six Territory. We would like to thank the diverse Indigenous Peoples whose ancestors’ footsteps have marked this territory for centuries, such as nêhiyaw (Nay-hee-yow) / Cree, Dene (Deh-neyh), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-in-ah-bay) / Saulteaux (So-toe), Nakota Isga (Na-koh-tah ee-ska) / Nakota Sioux (Na-koh-tah sue), and Niitsitapi (Nit-si-tahp-ee) / Blackfoot peoples. We also acknowledge this as the Métis’ (May-tee) homeland and the home of one of the largest communities of Inuit south of the 60th parallel.

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