Address: 1811 Carter Avenue Ashland, KY 41101 View Map
Phone: 606-324-6159

About Us

Our Mission…

It is our mission to promote both recreational and performance driven music making and fine arts education within the community in a positive, friendly, Christian atmosphere; and to enhance personal mental, physical and spiritual well-being through arts related experiences.


Aspire! Conservatory of Fine & Performing Arts FAQ

What is Aspire! Conservatory of Fine & Performing Arts?
Aspire! Conservatory is a new ministry offered by First United Methodist Church in Ashland, KY. The Conservatory consists of the School of Music, the School of Art, the School of Dance, and the School of Drama.

Our School of Music will offer a full line of private music lessons in voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Small group instruction is available in guitar and in our new digital piano lab. We will also host four performing ensembles where the best students from each school district across the Tri-State can come together to learn and perform with one another on a regular basis. These performing ensembles will consist of: Middle School Wind Ensemble, High School Wind Symphony, Children's Chorus and Youth Choir.

In the area of art, Aspire! will offer classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and collage.

Our School of Dance will off two recreational dance classes per week. On Tuesday nights, we will offer a class called "Two Left Feet" which is social dance for fun, fitness and fellowship. To end the week we will host "Friday Night, Date Night" which is a class in beginning level ballroom dance.

Last but not least, in the area of drama we have the FAITHworks Theatre Troupe. This course is strictly for grades 1-6 and will focus on beginning level singing, acting, dancing and stage presence. All literature for this class will be Biblical in nature.

Who are the instructors for Aspire! Conservatory?
We have twenty-five instructors from OH, KY and WV. Each instructor has a degree in music, art, dance or theater and most have master's degrees in their fields. Many are public school teachers, college teachers, retired public school teachers, and performers. These individuals represent an impressive line-up of incredible talent and experience.

Do you offer daytime classes for adults and homeschool students?
Daytime classes for adults can be arranged.

Aspire! Conservatory has just released an entire schedule of daytime classes for homeschool students. We will be offering three afternoons of classes in art, band, choir, guitar and piano. Registration is open now and the deadline for registration in these classes is August 3rd.

Where is Aspire! Conservatory and what are the prices?
Aspire! Conservatory is located within First United Methodist Church at 1811 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. First United Methodist is affectionately known in the community as the "chocolate church" because of its dark brown stone.

You can find a more detailed list of our prices on our website Private instruction starts at $75/month. Large group classes are $40/month and small group classes are $60/month. Both large and small group classes require a semester commitment.

How can I register for classes at Aspire! Conservatory?
Schedules and registration forms are available on our website. Registration forms can be returned via US Mail or E-mail and payments can be made online, check in the mail or cash in person.

For more information, call 606-324-6159 or send an email to