2018 International Chorus Champions
New England Voices in Harmony – A women’s championship a cappella chorus
Ariana Schmidt, Tenor
This dynamic spotlight member displays the agility of a juggler – deftly managing to keep all things afloat, while being totally grounded in her work, studies, and performance.
Ariana Schmidt was born in Waltham, and raised in Billerica, Massachusetts by her parents Sheryl and Roger. She has a twin brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, Keara. Homeschooled until fifth grade, Ari then attended Innovation Academy Charter School through her twelfth grade year.
Currently a junior at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, Ariana is in the midst of her Mechanical Engineering studies. “I’m not sure what I am going to pursue, however I am interested in Prosthetics, Irrigation Systems, and Aerospace Engineering.”
In addition to her academic studies, Ariana belongs to the Mask and Dagger Dramatic Society at UNH, having performed in several shows including Heathers: the Musical and The Drowsy Chaperone. She is a Resident Assistant at her dormatory as well as a Student Supervisor at the dining hall. And if that doesn’t keep her busy enough on campus, Ari is also a part of QuadSat, a student organization that designs autonomous quadcopters.
Always a performer and lover of music, as a high school freshman Ariana learned about New England Voices in Harmony through her mother. Ari, her mother, and her sister are all current members of Voices. “I joined because I was interested in learning a new style of music.” Intrigued by the idea of choral contests, she wanted to give that a try. “I stayed because I love the people and the energy that this chorus has.” Not only did she stay, Ari introduced Innovation Academy to barbershop style singing, where she formed a quartet and arranged a barbershop piece for her senior project. And, she directed the school’s chorale in an eight-part piece. Ariana has enthusiastically attended Harmony Explosion Camp Northeast, which provides vocal coaching and choral instruction to high school students.
A talented tenor, Ariana has already had a feature part in Voices’ performance of “You Will Be Found” at the International Convention and Contests of Harmony, Inc. last November. “This chorus has always moved audiences with its performances, and I absolutely love when people are so wrapped up in the story we are telling.”
Ariana is an inspirational performer who quickly endeared herself to her Voices sisters in song.