Aella Choir

Power Through Voice


Aella is a treble ensemble founded by Jennifer Berntson, which performs without a conductor. Initially started as a pick-up choir for a single project – a concert of all-Canadian composers on July 1, 2016 – Aella is thrilled to have become a part of Ottawa’s rich choral scene! The ensemble has been described as "everything modern choir should be – innovative, technically precise, joyous, comforting and representative" (Andrew Riddles, Classical Ottawa) and "like a battle scene from Game of Thrones although with far less violence" (Blake Edwards, new fan). Its members, more specifically, have been called “wonder women” (Sandra Abma, CBC) and “abnormally close” (Aella member). They enjoy singing a mix of genres – from traditional choral repertoire, to challenging contemporary music, to pop – but mostly, they enjoy singing with each other.


  • To perform music that showcases the power of treble voices, individually and collectively

  • To perform without a conductor, freeing us to connect with each other and our audiences

  • To take an interdisciplinary approach to choral singing, incorporating movement, poetry, and other art forms into live performances

  • To foster a positive, relaxed, and collaborative rehearsal environment, while striving for a high level of artistry and musicianship in performance

  • To support humanitarian and artistic endeavours through our music-making

Through its mandate, Aella will help to enrich the Canadian choral community. We hope that you will join us on our journey!

Get more information on Aella's mandate, name, and how the group came together here, in an interview with Jennifer Berntson.