Stuart Ivey

Stuart Ivey was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama.  Since he can remember, he has been singing out of The Sacred Harp, as some of his earliest memories include leading music in the hollow square.  Stuart’s family lineage can be traced back through at least six generations of Sacred Harp singers.  He has taught at Camp Fasola every summer since 2008, and also taught classes on Sacred Harp through the Auburn University Community Outreach Program in 2008 and 2009.  In July 2012, Stuart led presentations on Sacred Harp at the Sacred Music Conference at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA.  He has participated in Sacred Harp workshops and singing schools across the country and in Glasgow, Scotland.  Perhaps the most prominent example of Stuart’s involvement in Sacred Harp was his participation in the recording for the 2004 movie Cold Mountain.

Stuart’s formal musical training began with piano lessons at age five and continued through his involvement in school band, where he found his niche and held many leadership positions throughout middle school, high school, and college.  He received a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from Auburn University, where he served as Drum Major of the Marching Band.  He received a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Missouri, where he held graduate assistantships in the Trombone Studio and Music Theory department.  He is in his second year of teaching as the Director of Bands at Bay Minette Middle School and Associate Director of Bands at Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, AL.  
Stuart resides in Spanish Fort, AL with his wife Courtney.  They enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time outdoors (especially at the beach!).