Ariel Harwood-Jones

Recent engagements include Bach's Cantatas 147 and 80 with Pax Christie Chorale, a Ceremony of Carols with the Toronto Chamber Choir, The Lamentations of Jeremiah with mezzo-soprano Christina Stelmacovich, Handel's Solomon with Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra, the Toronto Continuo Colletive's concert production Psyche, the Immortal Soul, two appearances with Sine Nomine, and an improvisational exploration with Benjamin Stein and Musicians on the Edge.

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In 2014, I returned to school to continue my education, but still maintained a few singing engagements. In December of that year I debuted with the Nota Bene Baroque Players performing as Second Soprano in Bach's Magnificat. I also had the pleasure of preparing a recital in April and October 2015 featuring, among other 20th Century composers, the composition "Chamber Music" by Canadian Alan Heard. For the 2016-2017 season, I have been focusing on developing a new Early Music group called Kammerchor London, with which I perform and direct.

I grew up with music in the family.

 

Music has always been a part of my life. I started my musical training at a very early age under the tutelage of my mother. Family gatherings frequently included "jam sessions", where there would be a general musical noise coming from pianos, guitars, bongos, and singing. Lots and lots of singing!


It was clear that I had an affinity for music. I began formal training while still in high school, studying both piano and voice. As I grew more accomplished, I took voice lessons with acclaimed local soprano Barbara Collier, who encouraged me to enter into the Kiwanis Festivals in Kitchener, Stratford, and Guelph. Every year I would take home the Rose Bowl. My first paying gig was with Noel Edison and the Elora Festival Singers while I was still in high school. From that moment on, I loved singing for a living!


This early experience prompted me to complete a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto. From there I began a wonderful life journey in performing.