Ariel Shetzen is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist who draws influence from Sarah Vaughan and Norma Winstone. She studied classical piano and theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music, holds her Grade 9 Piano, Grade 4 Theory, and is certified through their Elementary Piano Pedagogy program. Ariel is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto Jazz program with honors. She has studied with Juno-award winner Sienna Dahlen, and acclaimed vocalists Alex Samaras and Christine Duncan. In 2013, Ariel was one of six Canadians nominated for the Slaight Family Scholarship for the Berklee College of Music, which is a full-tuition scholarship offered to two Canadian students each year.
Ariel has had the opportunity to sing with Carol Welsman at Koerner Hall for Havergal College’s 120th Anniversary, and was chosen to perform for Jane Harbury’s Discovery series at Hugh’s Room. Most recently, Ariel’s Quintet was one of the winners in the 18-23 division of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival Youth Competition.
Whether it is in the form of gaining motivation, leadership skills or taking initiative, Ariel believes in the universal tools for growth that music learning brings.
Ariel has been teaching for several years and has worked with students from age four to seventy-five. She believes that music can be learned and appreciated at any age and knows that music learning transpires into all aspects of life. Whether it is in the form of gaining motivation, leadership skills or taking initiative, Ariel believes in the universal tools for growth that music learning brings.