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2015 - 2016

Arianne Abela, Conductor


Arianne Abela

Arianne Abela is a Doctoral student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan. She was most recently Chorus Master of the University of Michigan productions of Rossini's Barber of Seville and Mozart's Die Zauberfl?te, Director of the Residential College Singers, and is Director of Music at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Ann Arbor. She serves as Chorus Master at the Castleton Festival in Castleton, VA and assistant conductor for the UMS Choral Union.

In 2012, Abela founded 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra which was featured on NBC's America's Got Talent, making it to the quarter-final live rounds at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York. 3 Penny has performed on NBC's Today Show with Al Roker, Matt Lauer, and Savannah Gurthie and is featured on the soundtrack of Hollywood film Walk of Shame, starring and directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Abela is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music where she studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma and Simon Carrington. She served as conductor of the Yale Saybrook Orchestra and Yale Glee Club chamber singers. While in Connecticut, Abela is co-founded House of Clouds, an organization dedicated to raising money for charities through performance and artistic collaboration.

Former faculty positions include Director of the Wesleyan Singers, premiere mixed choral ensemble at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, director of choirs at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT, Grater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, CT, St. John's in Waterbury, and The Westover School in Middlebury, CT. Abela sang professionally at Christ Church in New Haven, and continues to sing in professional ensembles as the Yale Choral Artists and Audivi Vocem, professional octet based in Michigan.

Shohei Kobayashi, Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

Shohei Kobayashi

Shohei Kobayashi currently serves as assistant conductor for Arts Chorale, Women?s Glee Club, and University Choir at the University of Michigan. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shohei discovered his love for music and performing in his high school years through his extracurricular pursuits as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. Shohei holds a B.A. in music (and math minor) from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon) where he studied composition with Dr. Michael Johanson, voice with Carl Halvorson and Susan McBerry, piano with Stephanie Thompson, and conducting with Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon. After graduating in 2013, Shohei spent two more years in Portland serving as assistant conductor for Lewis & Clark?s Community Chorale and Women?s Chorus, as tenor section leader/assistant conductor at First Presbyterian Church in Portland, singing professionally with multiple choral ensembles (Choro in Schola, VIR Men's Ensemble, Resonance Ensemble), and teaching lessons in piano, guitar, and voice. Shohei is now a first year MM student at University of Michigan where he studies choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone.