Offering private lessons in violin.
Dr. Ariana Arcu
Cello Instruction, Master Teacher*
Dr. Ariana Arcu began her musical studies in violoncello at the age of 7 in Cluj, Romania. Dr. Arcu has earned the Bachelor’s degree in cello performance fromGeorge Enescu Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, Romania, and the Master and Doctoral degrees in cello performance, from the University of Alabama. Her teachers include Marin Cazacu, Carlton McCreery, Radu Aldulescu, Roland Pidoux. She has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music recitals, and was featured as a soloist with orchestras in Romania and the United States. She has won awards at national competitions, including first prize at Constanta National Competition, in 1994 and second prizes at Ploiesti and Timisoara national competitions in 1992 and 1993. In 2000 she was invited to be a guest-recording artist on The Scorpions’ album Acoustica,and has concertized with them in South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and throughout Europe. Currently she holds the Assistant Principal Cello position in Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the faculty at Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, and University of Alabama in Huntsville.Since 2010 she has been a member of the Arrhythmia string quartet along with members of the Alabama Symphony. The quartet had its first important international tour in the summer of 2011 in Chisinau (Moldova), Cluj (Romania), and Sibiu (Romania), and collaborated and recorded with the Grammy Artist Raul Jaurena in 2014.
Violin, Viola and Piano Teacher
Danielle Dotson studied violin and piano with the Suzuki Method in Sydney, Australia, before being awarded the Associate Diploma and the Licentiate Diploma of Music through the Australian Music Examinations Board. As a student and performer on violin and piano, she has participated in international music events in Germany, Austria, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, Ireland, Italy and France.
Danielle has a a Masters degree in International Education from the George Washington University in Washington DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She received her initial teacher training with the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia in Sydney with supervision from Nada Brissenden (piano) and Patricia Moran (violin), and is continuing to broaden her experience with masterclasses and training sessions in the US.
She taught at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC for 5 years, and maintained an extensive piano and violin studio in the DC metro area from 2005-2016. Earlier she taught privately in Sydney, Australia before living in Japan from 1997-2002. She has served on the board of directors for the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) for 8 years, serving as treasurer from 2014-2016 and Board Chair from 2012-2014. She moved to Madison, Alabama, with her family in 2016.
Violin Teacher, Master Teacher
Christie Weber has been an active musician her entire life. Beginning private violin lessons at age 9, she joined the Huntsville Youth Orchestra a year later and continued playing with the HYO until she graduated high school. Christie then joined the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and has played with them since. Teaching is a passion of Christie’s – for many years as an elementary school teacher, and after that the Director of Education for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Specializing in the 3rd grade string program, Ms. Weber continued its growth in the North Alabama region with a modified Suzuki approach to playing. Christie began Ars Nova’s violin program in 2015 and her studio continues to grow. She continues to play in various chamber groups, with the HSO, and as a soloist throughout the area.
Not only a violinist, Christie is also an accomplished opera singer. Various roles include the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Baby Doe from Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Mother in Ragtime, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Lily in The Secret Garden. A voice student of Dr. Ginger Beazley, Christie was also the state winner of NATSA Vocal Competition, Professional Division in 2008. In 2015, she sung the role of Blonde in the Huntsville Symphony’s opera concert production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She has performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem, sung the role of Musetta in the concert version of “La Boheme” with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and was also their featured soloist in Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”. Past engagements include Mozart’s Grand Mass with the Nashville Community Chorus and Huntsville’s First Baptist Church on Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. Ms. Weber was featured on Ben Fold’s recording University A Capella! and can be heard on recordings by Michael W. Smith.