The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware is honored to welcome Arreon A. Harley as its newest Artistic Director. He began singing with Doreen Falby and the Peabody Conservatory’s Children’s Chorus at the age of seven. When his voice changed, he began to sing with the Columbia Pro Cantare, under the directorship of Mrs. Frances Dawson, and began building his technique through private voice and piano lessons with Mrs. Dawson while he studied in her studio.
He returned to the Peabody Children’s Chorus, 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.
Mr. Harley graduated with honors from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, 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 esteemed 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.
In addition to his new post at The Rainbow Chorale, Mr. Harley serves as Director of Music and Operations at the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware. 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 including: Kiss Me Kate, Company, Ragtime, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Curious Savage, Bye Bye Birdie, Up the Down Staircase, Once Upon a Mattress, and Me and My Girl.