Private Voice Lessons
Each student receives one private lesson per week for voice with four performance classes included in each 16-week session. Tuition includes weekly classes in theory and Sight-singing/Ear-training. Contact the office at 256 883-1105 for the contact information for each teacher.
Beginning Voice and Beginning Piano Instructor
Mezzo-Soprano Kathleen Buckner has performed in the South East for many years, and recently began teaching in Huntsville, AL with The Maitland Conservatory as a voice and piano instructor. She recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at the University of Southern Mississippi, under the direction of Dr. Maryann Kyle. Before attending university, Ms. Buckner studied for four years with Dr. Ginger Beazley at Ars Nova School of the Arts and attended the Academy for Academics and Arts in Huntsville from kindergarten through 8th grade. Currently she is continuing her study of the voice and its pedagogy with Dr. Beazley.
Ms. Buckner is also an active member in the arts community. She sings at First Presbyterian Church in their Chancel Choir and performs in various ensembles and concerts with Ars Nova.
Voice and Piano Instructor
Michigan-born soprano, Iris Fordjour-Hankins is a graduate of Oakwood University, Boston University and is in the final stages of doctoral work in voice at the University of Kentucky. Formerly, Iris taught music for the Detroit Public Schools and is now in her third year as a voice instructor at Oakwood University. As a soprano soloist, it has been Iris’ privilege to sing in various operatic venues, concerts, oratorios, cantatas, churches and chorales. Her repertoire includes the works of Verdi, Puccini, Handel, Gounod, Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven and Bellini. Her early voice studies were with Dr. Ricky Little, Dorothy Duensing and Dina Winter. And, after winning second place in the 2013 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition at the University of Kentucky, the full-ride award allowed her to study in the studios of Dr. Everett McCorvey and Dr. Angelique Clay-Everett.
Voice Teacher and Ear Training/Sight Singing Instructor
Dixie Harrison, a gifted teacher and performer, is a native of Athens, AL. Dixie completed her bachelors degree in Music Ed. at Samford University and her Masters in Music Ed from UNA. In addition, Dixie has completed work towards a masters degree in church music from Southern Seminary in Louisville. She has served as music director in churches in Athens, AL, and San Diego, CA. Dixie worked 4 seasons at Opryland and has performed in regional and community theatre from Florida to California, performing Musical Theatre and Light Opera. Locally, Dixie has assayed the title roles of Driving Miss Daisy and Hello Dolly (winning Wings Awards for both performances). Her operatic roles have included Zita, an elderly cousin in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte. Since 2007, Dixie has been a voice instructor at Ars Nova School for the Arts in Huntsville. Ms. Harrison studies voice with Dr. Ginger Beazley.
Voice Teacher and Music Theory Instructor
Gloria began her formal study in voice at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Canada and has been studying voice with Dr. Ginger Beazley for over 10 years. She is an active singer/performer who performed many major roles including Yum Yum in Mikado, Violetta in La Traviata, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Olga in The Merry Widow. Gloria is currently the member of the Huntsville Community Chorus and was one of the soloist for Handel’s “Messiah”, Mendelsson’s “Elijah”, and Bach’s “Magnificat”. Currently, she is the choir director at the Huntsville Korean First Baptist church and has been teaching voice and music theory at the Ars Nova school of the Arts for several years. She is also pursuing a certificate from The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory achievement program.
Dr. Ginger Beazley
Director and Master Voice TeacherGinger Beazley is a regional performer of opera, operetta and musical theater with leading roles as Leonora in Il Trovatore, Yum Yum in the Mikado and Anna in the King and I. Ms. Beazley holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alabama. Her teaching studio has produced numerous singers who continue their vocal work at outstanding universities and converatories. Former students currently in international careers include Angela Brown, Susanna Phillips, Janice Chandler and Patricia Andress. In 1998, Dr. Beazley founded Ars Nova, Inc. which runs a school of the arts and also produces varied musical presentations in the community primarily using advanced students and faculty of the school.
Her vision is to provide professional quality training in a nurturing environment where the student is always the focus of the program. Her directoral credits include Gondoliers, The Mikado, Carmen, The Medium and an original adaptation of Shakespeare and Verdi’s Othello/Otello. Dr. Beazley continues to have a passion for excellence and great hope for the next generation of performing artists.