Ardelle Ries, DMus, MMus, BMus

Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
(780) 679-1126
1-335E Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3


Area of Study / Keywords

accessibility arts child voice community music inclusion arts Kodály-based music education multigenerational singing music education music & wellness musical identity


A Professor of Music at the University of Alberta (UA) Augustana Faculty, Ardelle Ries grew up in rural Central Alberta immersed in art, poetry, music, family and community connection. With a teaching career that spans nearly four decades and a passion for singing, musical inclusion, and multigenerational music education, Ardelle has conducted choirs of all ages in public school, community and post-secondary settings. She teaches courses in musicianship, music education, pediatric vocal pedagogy, and music & wellness.She is a staunch advocate for Canadian choral music, and has commissioned and premiered choral works from established and emerging Canadian composers. She is the editor of the second edition of Reflections of Canada, a compilation of a cappella Canadian folk songs arranged for choirs. Current research projects include "post-pandemic" assessment of children's attitudes toward singing and an examination of the transformational nature of choral singing in a multigenerational inclusive community context. A strong musical and pedagogical foundation established at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of the Liszt Academy provided Ardelle with the opportunity to be on faculty as an aural musicianship specialist in Hungary at the Kecskemét Kodály Conservatory and the International Kodály Seminar, and in Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Calgary, and the UA Faculty of Education. Ardelle is an advisor to the Alberta Kodály Association, has served on the board of directors for the International Kodály Society and the Kodály Society of Canada. With nearly four decades of dedicated service to music education, Ardelle is a grateful recipient of numerous awards and honors from Choir Alberta, the Alberta Kodály Association, the UA Augustana Faculty, the Alberta Council of Disability Services Program, the Camrose Association for Community Living, the Kodály Society of Canada and the City of Camrose. She happily resides in Camrose, Alberta with her husband, Roger Admiral. 

Pronouns: she | her


I am passionately involved in research related to the child voice, Kodály-based musicianship training, multigenerational singing, singing identity, inclusion and accessibility arts, community music, and music & wellness.


Musicianship, The Child Voice, Kodály Music Education, Multigenerational Inclusive Community Choral, Music & Wellness