The Hawthorne Music Conservatory

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The Hawthorne Conservatory is a unique music ministry of Central Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  Located in the historic Freeman House in downtown Huntsville, our school offers quality music instruction in a safe and inspiring atmosphere to students of any age, especially those who cannot afford music lessons or instruments.   In addition to private lessons, we offer enrichment programming (see below) and take music into the community, particularly communities where music education & enrichment is not easily accessible or affordable. Our staff strives to be role models and mentors to our students.


The establishment of the Hawthorne Conservatory was made possible through a generous trust fund left to Central Presbyterian Church by Marguerite Cartwright Hawthorne. Part of that estate was designated to use for youth, music, and outreach in the community.  

It was with these concepts in mind that the Conservatory opened in 1996 led by founding director Rhonda Mitchell, former bassoonist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.


At the Hawthorne Conservatory, we believe in the power of music to help students unlock their potential, discover more about who they are, and connect communities for a greater purpose. 

Contact Tiffany Martin, Conservatory Director, at (256) 534-1255 for enrollment questions and information about private lessons, specialty group classes and seasonal camps.  


We are honored to house some of the finest, highly credentialed and caring ministers of music in Huntsville, Alabama to offer quality music education at our conservatory.  All of our staff have Bachelor and/or Masters degrees in music and/or over 10 years professional experience in their disciplines.

Ms. Meagan Kish - Violin / Piano

Mr. Bryan Page - Trumpet / Voice / Music Composition & Theory

Mr. Gabe Larose - Guitar 

Ms. Sunmi Sheldon - Suzuki Piano / Voice 

Mr. Elijah Sheldon - Suzuki Violin

Ms. Irene Tucker - Piano / Voice / Early Music Development

Ms. Sara McFaddin - Musical Theater / Voice / Early Music Development

Mr. Rober Lubin - Piano / Organ

Ms. Ariana Arcu - Cello


In addition to private lessons, we are offering enrichment programs which consists of specialty group classes and seasonal camps beginning September 3, 2014.  Group classes and camps are subject to a minimum registration to commence.

Specialty Weekly Class Offerings

Mini-Music Masters  {ages: 4 - 6} |  Thursdays  1:15pm -2pm  

Musical Theater  {ages: 7 - 12} |  Wednesdays  4:15pm - 5:30pm  

Music Composition & Theory  {ages: 13 - 17}  |  Thursdays  11am-12noon (*postponed til Summer 2015)

Young Masters Class  {For HC students of all ages}  | Select evenings 


Applying for enrollment

Students may apply for enrollment at any time. Lesson availability is subject to instructor schedules and/or teacher to student ratios for group classes or camps. Upon acceptance into the program, students and parents must meet with the Director to complete initial orientation and paperwork in advance of starting lessons.  Enrollment priority is based on if student is returning and meets deadlines for registration, then wait list prospects based on date of application, service needs/opportunity and keen interest of students.  Camp registration & enrollment will be done seasonally.  

Music Share

We require all students/parents who desire to enroll into the Hawthorne Conservatory to participate in the Music Share program.  This program considers the student's/family's affordability in setting a monthly tuition rate.  Monthly Music Share payments are due the first lesson each month. Music Share helps increase our scholarship / grant funds for lessons and instruments, and strengthens our ability to take music into the community.

You may also encourage others to donate or participate in Music Share or donate or sponsor an instrument.  All donor or sponsorship interests should be directed to the conservatory offices.

Music Books & Instruments

Students or parents are responsible for purchasing music books and purchasing or renting instruments, which may be available at The Hawthorne Conservatory or various local specialty retailers. Teachers will provide students/parents information as to where they can purchase or rent instruments, as well as an orientation as to the proper care and handling of their instruments, including voice.  Periodically, teachers will check for damages or repair needs. 

Grants & Scholarships

For those who are unable to meet the Music Share requirement or afford books or instruments, there may be full and partial grants and scholarships available to assist.  Also, volunteer opportunity may be offered in lieu of Music Share contributions, and the Director reserves the right to exercise discretion and good judgment in awarding grants/scholarships. To be considered, student/parent must complete and submit a grant/scholarship interest or application form, and should consult the Conservatory Director to assess grant/scholarship eligibility and availability.  

Important: Enrollment is at the discretion of the Director, and contingent upon receipt of all required documents, including the student handbook acknowledgement & Agreement form and photo release.



See Student Handbook

See Photo Release Form


Fall Focus 2014

Young Music Masters ~ Fall 2014 Featured Students!

Spring Focus 2015


See Calendar