Arreon A. Harley has been Artistic Director for The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware since Fall 2016. His musical journey began at the age of seven, singing with Ms. Doreen Falby and the Peabody Children’s Chorus at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. When his voice changed, he began to sing with the Columbia Pro Cantare, under the directorship of Mrs. Frances Dawson, developing his technique through private voice and piano lessons.
He returned to the Peabody Conservatory, where he served diligently as a conducting intern for three years. Mr. Harley has had the opportunity to sing with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Opera Company.
He graduated with honors from Goucher College in Baltimore with bachelors degrees in Music Theory and Composition, and Vocal Performance (opera). There, he studied piano with Dr. Lisa Weiss, voice with Mrs. Betty Ridgeway, and conducting with Dr. Elisa Koehler. He received masters of music degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware.
Mr. Harley studied choral conducting with the consummate professor, Dr. Paul Head and continues to study voice with Dr. Noel Archambeault. He has had the opportunity to conduct in venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Mr. Harley has served as Director of Music and Operations at the Choir School of Delaware since 2013. An active member of the Wilmington community, he is a Trustee of The Grand Opera House and serves on the Delaware Arts Alliance’s LEAD (Legislative Affairs, Education, Advocacy, Economic Development) Committee. And although he cherishes conducting and performing countless classical and operatic works, he is an avid lover of musical theater and has performed in over twenty theatrical productions. Mr. Harley and his fiancé, Thomas Emerson, reside in Philadelphia.