By Dr. Ginger Beazley, Founder and Director
The school was established in September of 1998 with 25 students and has grown today to approximately 80 students. We are located at 2828 Drake Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805, in the same building with AB Stephens Music. We offer group classes for children ages 4-5 and grades 1-2. Our preparatory/community program for children and adults includes voice, piano and strings. Each student receives one private lesson per week for voice/instrument, with four performance classes included in each 16 week session. Performance classes provide the opportunity for students to perform for their peers in a comfortable, nurturing setting. Instructors teach appropriate stage gestures and guide performers in developing a confident, communicative presence on stage. Included in tuition, weekly classes are offered in theory and aural skills. These are open to the entire student body at no additional cost. The curriculum is from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the examination board of the Royal Schools of Music based in London. Courses are also offered as needed in Italian Diction, International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers and self-conducting for Singers. In the Spring semester, Dr. Barbara Hudson will be the clinician for an Alexander Technique Workshop which is open to the community as well as our student body. Adult voice students may elect anatomy for singers or self-conducting for singers. All of our instructors hold college degrees or certification in their field of expertise.
Ars Nova, Inc. is delighted to join the many sponsors in contributing to and supporting South Huntsville Neighbors in providing a quality publication promoting our community and city. We are a unique organization in a unique community beginning with our performing faculty; a collection of gifted and passionate individuals, degreed or certified in their specific disciplines, who choose to spend many hours each week nurturing the art of excellence in students from 4 to 90. They create an environment of joy where learning is not a chore, but an adventure. And I, as founder/director of the school, believe exploring new ideas of vocal technique and literature is the basis for everything we do; adults, who are constantly learning, make great and inspired teachers. Our production company presents operas, operettas and musical theater that are known and loved by all, but we also find stimulation in studying and presenting unusual works such as Snowmaiden by Rimsky-Korsakov, the story of an ancient Russian Fairy Tale. And yes, we are all learning to sing this amazing work in its original language of Russian. Although we do offer auditions open to the community, our productions are designed to give our outstanding faculty and student body opportunities to continue their training and experience in these performances. Now in our 23rd year of operation as a 501(c)3 company, we look forward to seeing the growth of the arts and Ars Nova in our community.