Founder & Artistic Director
Praised for her "effective performances" and "rich tone" (The Vancouver Sun), Canadian mezzo-soprano, Debi Wong, is fast establishing herself as a dynamic and unique performer. Previous performances highlights include: role of the “Sorceress” in the Britten-Pears production of Dido and Aeneas directed by Christian Curnyn, Love and Death in Venice with Alexander Weimann and Montreal’s Les Voix Baroque, and the role of Venere in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with Stephen Stubbs and the Early Music Guild of Seattle.
Debi also performs regularly with, White Sparrow, a lute and voice duo based in Helsinki Finland. White Sparrow was awarded first place in the NORDEM Ear-ly competition for new ensembles in the Nordic countries. It was featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s radio show North by Northwest and was one of only six ensembles selected to appear at the International Young Artist Presentation at the Laus Polyphinae Festival in Antwerp, Belgium.
Debi holds a Master's of music from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
Known for her work promoting charitable organizations, conductor Arianne Abela has appeared on NBC's Today Show and the semi-final rounds of America's Got Talent (season 8) as co-founder and artistic director of 3 Penny, a non-profit chorus and orchestra, and co-founder of House of Clouds. Arianne served as music director of Saybrook College Orchestra and has conducted the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Wesleyan University Orchestra and the Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. As a chorusmaster, Abela has prepared choirs for Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Payare, and Martin Katz, as well as for the University of Michigan Opera in productions of Mozart's Magic Flute and Rossini's Barber of Seville. She has conducted choirs at Yale University, served as assistant conductor for the Yale Alumni Chorus and has served on faculty at Wesleyan University, Notre Dame High School, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and The Westover School for Girls and is the chorus master for the Castleton Festival productions. As a soloist and professional ensemble singer, Abela has performed with major ensembles across North America, Europe and Asia. Abela is currently a doctoral candidate in conducting at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Jerry Blackstone. She holds a master's degree in conducting from Yale University and a bachelor's degree from Smith College. She was among 10 other women from around the world selected to participate in the Dallas Opera's inaugural Institute for Women Conductors in 2015.