Ginger M. Beazley
Ginger Beazley is director of the Ars Nova School of the Arts in Huntsville, Alabama, a school she started in September 1998 with an initial enrollment of 25. A music school that provides instruction in several aspects of music and theater to students of all ages and is known for its theatrical presentations, it now has an enrollment of about 140.
Beazley started teaching voice at Oakwood College in 1984, a position she held until her retirement. In her time at Oakwood, she also directed the OC choir and Chamber Singers. An extremely effective studio teacher, she inspired and instructed Angela Brown, Janice Chandler, and Susanna Philips, operatic luminaries with world-class stature, in their formative years.
Beazley's voice students have won numerous contests, been finalists in state and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions, and winners in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She has also taught numerous pianists who have been winners in the Alabama Music Teachers auditions and has served as an adjudicator in these auditions in other districts in the state.
Beazley completed a B.S. in music education at Bob Jones University in 1958. Additional studies were taken at Wichita State University, where she completed state certification in elementary education in 1960. She completed an M.A. in vocal performance at Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 and a D.M.A. in vocal performance at the University of Alabama in 1999. She has been in numerous voice master classes, and studied with Virginia Zeani at Indiana University.
Beazley has been a soloist in numerous opera and oratorio productions and has given many recitals, concerts, and benefit programs. She has also performed in and directed several productions of musical theater, several of these under the auspices of her Ars Nova School of the Arts.
Sources: Ars Nova School of Music website; resume for Ginger Beazley; Roy E. Malcolm, The Aeolians . . . Directors Recall Precious Memories, 1999, 96, 163; other online sources.