Student Achievements

April 2022

Congratulations to both Olivia Moore, student of Deb Saylor, and Paige Heller, student of Dr. Beazley for receiving Superior marks in the AVA Solo and Ensemble competition last week.

January 2021

Congratulations to Sydney Calhoun for winning First Place in the Alabama Junior Auditions for the National Federated Music Clubs of America!

November 2020

Congratulations to Bailey Grace Flynn for her two recent vocal competitions. Alabama District V Outstanding Choral and Alabama MTNA Senior Performance Winner!! Click on the link to hear one of her competition pieces.


April 15, 2020

Congratulations to Anna Neese and Sydney Calhoun who are in the semi-finals for Nationals!


Congratulations to these Ars Nova students who participated in Regional NATS:  Anna Neese, Jasmine Thornhill, Bailey Grace Flynn, Sydney Calhoun and Thomas Austin.


to Bailey Grace Flynn for being awarded Outstanding Choral student for District 5!



Faculty member Lisa Kennedy has been nominated for a Wings Award for her musical direction of “Fiddler on the Roof” (HCCA).

Congratulations to Essie Carpenter on being selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School 2016.

The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts exists to provide high quality arts education for gifted and talented high school students in the state of Tennessee. The pre-professional summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop his or her talents in music, ballet, theatre, filmmaking, and visual art. About four hours a day, six days a week are spent working in the major area of concentration. The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts is a month long summer program for rising 11th and 12th grade students in Tennessee. Administered by the State Department of Education, study programs in art, dance, filmmaking, theatre, and music are offered. Students are selected in competitive auditions during the months of January or February. Those eligible are Tennessee residents who attend public, private and home schools within the state.


Anna Lee was honored as a 2015–2016 MTNA Senior Performance National Winner after winning second place in San Antonio Texas.  All national results can be found at 

Alabama All State Choral Festival

Ars Nova had two students participate in the Alabama All State Choral Festival in Birmingham recently. Congratulations to Olivia Heller for placing top 50 voices in the SSA choir and to Leah Boyd for taking the top honor of Outstanding Female Choral Student.

Congratulations to these Ars Nova Students!

Ars Nova students were the big winners at the January 30 Alabama Federation of Music Clubs (AFMC) Junior Auditions!  Of the 6 competitors in the Women’s Vocal division, Leah Boyd placed second and Angela Allison placed first.