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Nova Singers: Our Artistic Directors

Chuck Stanley
Musical Director

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Chuck has been active in church and choral music for 34 years. As past president of Nova Singers, Chuck took the group to Carnegie Hall to perform John Rutter's Requiem under the direction of the composer himself. He is a charter member of the group and sings baritone. Chuck is a past dean of the American Guild of Organists and currently serves as organist and choir director at First United Methodist, Pompano Beach.


Peggy Joyce Barber
Founder and Director Emeritus

An inductee into the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, Peggy Joyce Barber has left her musical mark on Florida for more than 45 years. The founder and musical director of Nova Singers of Nova Southeastern University, Peggy has also served as director of music for the First Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, a past state president of the American Choral Directors Association, and former director of the Stranahan High School music program. Her list of honors include Women in Communication's Woman of the Year in the fine arts for Broward County, the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to choral music in Florida, and Outstanding Secondary Educator in Florida.

Anthony Ciotti

An accomplished pianist and award-winning tenor, Anthony is the music teacher and founding director of the Royal Palm Singers childrenís chorus at Royal Palm Elementary School in Lauderhill, Florida. He has accompanied numerous soloists and school choirs in South Florida, Massachusetts and Missouri. His credentials as a soloist are equally impressive. Roles with the Florida Grand Opera and the New England Conservatory Opera Theater have included the Pony Express Rider from La Fancuilla del West, Andy Anderson in Paul Bunyan, Nemorino in Elixir of Love, Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville and the Old Prisoner from La Perichole. Anthony has performed oratorio works such as the Haydn Creation and Paukenmesse; Rossiniís Stabat Mater; Bachís Magnificat; and the Mozart Requiem. Anthony has earned awards in several prestigious competitions, most notably the National Italian-American Foundation Pavarotti Scholarship and the National Association for Teachers of Singing, Kansas City Chapter Competition. He earned his bachelorís degree in music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his masterís degree in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory. Anthony and his wife, Andrea, are residents of North Lauderdale, Florida and are the proud parents of a daughter.


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