Arwen started at Trinity as a staff singer in September 2012 and began work as Music Associate and director of the Coventry Singers in April 2013. Prior to moving to Portland, Arwen completed her graduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN, where she studied voice with Patricia Havranek and Alan Bennett and worked with such renowned scholars and performers as Daniel Melamed, Nigel North, Michael McCraw, Carol Vaness, John Poole, and others. She sang at Trinity Episcopal Bloomington with the celebrated organist Marilyn Keiser for the seven years she lived in Bloomington.
A singer praised for her musical sensitivity and clarity of tone, Arwen is quickly gaining a reputation as an intelligent and skilled interpreter of new and early music. In April 2013, Arwen was a semifinalist in the New York Oratorio Society solo competition in New York City, and in July 2014, she placed third nationally in the prestigious National Association of the Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition in Boston, MA. She has been featured as a soloist in various concert and chamber works and has appeared with such ensembles as the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. In addition to her concert work, Arwen is an accomplished recitalist and choral singer, and she has performed locally with such ensembles as Cappella Romana, In Mulieribus, The Ensemble, the Resonance Ensemble, Friends of Chamber Music, All Classical’s Thursdays at Three, and the Bach Cantata Choir, among others.