Naptown Sings!, the kids’ glee club established in 2013 by Sophia Hardesty as part of the Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio on West Street, has moved to its own location within the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District. The new space is in the Circle Arts Center at 47 Spa Road, Suite 1.
What started as a small program with four children has grown to forty voices in three classes who learn harmony, vocal techniques and stage performance through studying popular music. In addition to regular concerts at The Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge Naptown Sings! performs at festival and gatherings throughout the Annapolis area.
Mayor Mike Pantelides cut the ribbon at the official Grand Opening celebration on May 22nd.
The new setting has allowed Mrs. Hardesty to expand Naptown Sings! programs to include middle school students, private voice, piano and guitar lessons, small group classes, a summer camp, singing birthday parties, audition coaching and other enrichment workshops.
Coming up is the Summer Camp and Summer Piano, Voice and Guitar Classes.
“I am excited be a part of the next generation of studios in the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District,” Ms. Hardesty remarked. “Annapolis has a rich music heritage. My goal is to foster a love of music in our local youth in order to continue the tradition of high-quality arts in Annapolis and promote our already vibrant arts scene,” she continued.
Mrs. Hardesty is a 2008 and 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Music with Bachelors degrees in Vocal Performance and K-12 Vocal/General Music Education. She recently completed a Masters degree in Music Education at Anderson University. Aside from Naptown Sings!, she currently teaches elementary music in Prince George’s County Public Schools.