PIANIST MUSIC DIRECTOR INSTRUCTOR
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Arielle Ballance is a classically trained Royal Conservatory pianist who also holds a diploma in Theatre Arts from MacEwan University. For over fifteen years she has passed along her love of performing to students and professionals alike. Arielle has music directed, accompanied, and instructed for numerous musical theatre companies in BC and Alberta, such as Theatre Under the Stars, Capilano University, Studio 58 at Langara College, Presentation House Theatre, Alberta Opera, and Carousel Theatre for Young People, for which she earned a 2019 Jessie award nomination for Significant Artistic Achievement. She has received two Ovation Awards for Outstanding Music Direction: in 2019 for her work on Company with Raincity Theatre, and in 2022 for her work on Stiles and Drewe's The 3 Little Pigs with Carousel Theatre for Young People.
Besides being an in-demand audition, recital, and music festival pianist, Arielle also teaches with Resound School of Music and arranges harmonies for Vancouver gal group The Dimes. She is also the assistant artistic director of the Burstin' With Broadway choir in North Vancouver.
Headshot by Kristine Cofsky Photography
Seated on-stage behind a keyboard, musical director Arielle Ballance doesn’t just keep the music and sound effects going—she’s always part of the action, playing the character of Pigeon, reacting to everything with huge animation.
The three piece band – Arielle Ballance, Steve Charles & KeAloha Noelani – not only provides excellent accompaniment, they are also called upon from time-to-time to participate as characters. There is something joyful in watching this trio who are just as engaged with the proceedings as those centre stage.
Music director Arielle Ballance and her five-piece band do wonders with Marvin Hamlisch’s marvellous music.
VINCE KANASOOT, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
THE VANCOUVER SUN
'golden hour' performed by Edward Chang and Arielle Ballance