director, entrepreneur, teacher, and vocalist who attended Northwestern
University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, acquiring Bachelor’s
and Master’s degrees in the field of music education.
It did not
take her long to put her education to work: In the 1990s, she served as choral
director for Glenbard North High School, Glenbard South High School, Hillendale
Elementary School, Niles West High School, and Unionville Elementary
School. In 1999, she was a
guest conductor of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
She went on to
become the choral director at York High School and the women’s
chorale director at North Central College, where she also wears the hat of
student teacher supervisor. From
2002 to 2004, she directed the Community Chorus and was an advanced
conducting instructor at DePaul University. She was also a guest lecturer at
Wheaton College during the second semester at Wheaton College in 2005.
It was a busy
time for Ari, as she was also in the process of starting up her own
company, Sound Strategies Coaching and Consulting, a firm that specializes
in advising female executives and professionals who wish to hone their business
development and leadership skills.
coaches other coaches, student coaches in this case, as they wend their way
through the certification and training processes. Ariadne’s
own certifications came courtesy of the International Coach Federation and
the Coaches Training Institute, and she did much of her training at the
Center for Right Relationship.
relationship with choral directing has not waned, however. In the spring of 2007, she was the
choral director of the College of DuPage Concert
Choir and a guest conductor of the Women’s Chorale in a program
comprised of works by William Dawson, Gabriel Faure and Gustav Mahler at
North Central College. She was
also one of the adjudicators at the Dixie Classic Festivals on 26th
April 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.
performance record includes stints with Glen Ellyn’s New Classic
Singers, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, and The Philadelphia Singers, the
chorus-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra.