Beginner, intermediate, and advanced Private and group voice lessons are taught by Barbara Joseph and Ashley Cannova and Austin Foster. Private lessons are recommended for about ages 12 and up. To maximize the effectiveness in vocal development and ear training of young singers, Group Lessons are preferred for students ages 6-11. If you would like your younger child evaluated for private lessons, email the voice teacher. All voice lessons are held on the 3rd floor of Building C.
Check our registration site for Voice Groups and age ranges for that group. Students learn to sing on pitch, use proper breathing technique and posture, learn simple ear training, do vocal exercises to improve diction and increase range and of course, learn fun songs to perform! To register for a group lesson, click the teacher’s name and then scroll down to Voice Group request. You will be contacted about a day and time.
Barbara Joseph began teaching at the Conservatory in 2012 and brings over 20 years of experience as a music educator, private piano/voice instructor, choral music specialist and worship leader. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Piano and Voice from Nyack College (New York) and a Master of Arts in Education (Voice) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mrs. Joseph has previously taught piano and voice at Samford University Preparatory Department and in private studio. She has taught choral music in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools in New York, New Jersey and Alabama (Shelby & Jefferson County). She has led children’s choir and worship for several large churches and taught in numerous music camps, including Red Mountain Theatre Camp. She is a past member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concert Choir and has served as pianist or substitute pianist for various groups and churches.
Mrs. Joseph has a passion to instill in her students a love and appreciation of their God-given talent and a desire to pursue excellence on their instrument, through hard work and determination. Her students will benefit by reaping the rewards of personal accomplishment and bringing joy to their listeners!
Mrs. Joseph currently teaches Beginner & Intermediate lessons in both Voice and Piano and Lil’ Piano Pals. Her lessons are held in Room 301, Building C. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Black Cannova is a native of Birmingham and will graduate from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance in December of 2017. Mrs. Cannova also studied Music Education for a time at UAB which opened opportunities to teach students privately. She focuses primarily on vocal health utilizing various techniques such as The Alexander Technique in her lessons. Her passion is to help young singers as well as adults achieve their musical potential by creating an environment that is conducive to learning for the beginner singer to the more mature singer.
She was a member of the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and UAB Opera. In the Fall of 2016, Mrs. Cannova performed as The Mother in Menotti‘s Amahl and the Night Visitors. As a member of Opera Birmingham Chorus, she was in the 2017 performance of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, as well as UAB’s 2014 performance of the same opera. She was invited to sing for the 2016 Birmingham Chinese New Year’s Gala and continues to collaborate with the Birmingham Chinese Choir. Mrs. Cannova had the honor of singing at the 2016 UAB Commencement Ceremony. She is currently the acting President for the UAB Chapter of Students of the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (SNATS). She has studied voice with Dr. Paul Mosteller for three years.
Austin Foster (Tenor) is a native of Columbiana, Alabama, and a graduate of Samford University. He started singing at the age of 4, and continued to sing Southern Gospel music throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeast on into his teenage years, traveling with his dad and performing in venues that ranged from small country churches to large auditoriums.
Austin took an interest in classical and choral music when he first attended Alabama All-State choir at Samford University his senior year of High School. He went on to attend Samford for the majority of his undergraduate career. During his time at Samford, Austin had the opportunity to sing roles such as Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Prince Tamino from Die Zauberflöte. He is also well-versed in the art of the German song cycle, having sung works such as Die Schöne Müllerin and Dichterliebe. Austin plans to continue his studies in music as well as go on to receive a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. Austin believes that technique is the basic building block of all styles of music, and desires to share this belief and all he has learned with others.
Mr. Foster currently teaches Beginner, intermediate and Advanced lessons in Voice. His lessons are held in Room 310, Building C. His email is Austin@fumctrussville.com