Founded in 2012, Aria, is the newest choir dedicated to Women's Music on the Monterey Peninsula in Central California. Aria is a yearly auditioned choir that has performed in some of the finest halls and venues in Monterey and across the country. After only 2 years, Aria made it's debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
The sisters of Aria Monterey meet weekly to rehearse and build community and music together. We have even seen 4 "Aria Babies" born! It is an exciting time for Aria and the very special ladies who make up this family. Singing everything from the most cutting edge music, to songs that have stood the test of time, Aria loves to sing as many styles as possible!
"We are dedicated to the celebration of Women in the Arts as vocalists, instrumentalists, conductors and composers! Aria is a close family of sisters who celebrate life and each other by raising their voices in sweet song!"
Meet The Conductor
Dr. Sean Boulware is a sought after conductor, adjudicator, clinician and vocalist throughout the United States and Europe. He is in demand as a consultant for choral organizations in the areas of chorus management, audience development and technology implementation. Sean has prepared choruses for conductors including, John Alexander, Seiji Ozawa, Gerald Wird, Keith Lockhart and John Rutter. He has also prepared choirs to sing with Josh Groban, Michael McDonald, Tommy Simms, Keith and Kristyn Getty. In 2012, Sean conducted the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society at the Summer Olympics in London, England.
Currently Sean is an associate professor of Choral Conducting at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he teaches the MM and DMA Choral Conducting Students. Sean conducts choirs and orchestras regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He last returned to Carnegie Hall in 2015 to conduct “Easter at Carnegie Hall” with Monterey Peninsula Voices, Pacific Voices and The New England Symphonic Ensemble. Internationally, Sean has conducted choirs and seminars in Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Brazil, and Japan. Sean’s choirs can be heard on iTunes and CDbaby.com. He was honored by American Idol as the conductor for the most requested/downloaded Classical Group.
Sean is currently the Conductor of the Monterey Peninsula Voices, Aria Women’s Choir, The California Central Coast Chorale, and Pacific Voices in Santa Cruz. He also teaches choral music and theater at Pacific Grove High School. He lives in Pacific Grove, CA with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons. He has studied with such notable conductors as Dr. Lynn Bielefelt, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, James Levine, Dr. James Jordan, Rodney Eichenberger, John Alexander, Paul Mayo and Shirley Nute.
Meet The Piano Artist and
MICHELLE GALINDO is known in music circles both as a performer and teacher. She has performed in venues worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Prague, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has composed music for several theatre productions and when not working as musical director can often be found playing in the orchestra. Michelle teaches piano, organ and double bass, coaches musicians for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and is a double bass sectional coach for Youth Music Monterey. She is the principal keyboardist for all choirs of the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society, and is the assistant conductor for Aria-Monterey. She currently serves on the board of directors and is a past president of the Monterey County branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Music Technology from the University of Newcastle (Australia).
© 2013 by Aria Monterey
Monterey's Premier Women's Choir
As women united around a love of choral music, Aria is an inclusive, fun, creative, and dedicated community that challenges singers to reach their highest potential and enrich the broader community. Aria is open to all treble-voiced singers, providing educational, cultural and social enrichment through its performances and activities, thereby making a positive contribution to our audiences, members and the entire community.