Huntingdon Singer Honored at NATS Competition for Fourth Consecutive Year
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College senior music major Alex Nishibun won his division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Alabama state competition held at Samford University February 20. The win places Nishibun among the few students who have come away with four consecutive wins at the competition. Nishibun is a tenor from Vine Grove, Kentucky.
The NATS state competition, held annually, brings in the best college singers in the state for performances categorized between men/women and then by level of college study. Finalists in each category of men/women freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are then brought back for a final performance, for which a winner is selected. Nishibun won his divisions of college men at the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior levels.
The youngest of three brothers, all of whom were tenors who attended Huntingdon, Nishibun has been involved in a number of music competitions and performances while at Huntingdon. His latest performance was as the tenor soloist for the performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” parts II and III, by the Huntingdon College Concert Choir and the First United Methodist Church choir, held at the FUMC sanctuary March 1.
Dr. James Glass, professor emeritus of music at Huntingdon, has been Nishibun’s personal voice coach since the student’s arrival. Glass said, “Alex is not only an excellent singer with a beautiful voice and a fine technique, but also a very fine man. He is responsible academically, and I predict great things from him in the future.”
Nishibun is planning for graduate study in music at either the New England Conservatory or Florida State University, where he will continue training for professional performance. He also plans to teach at the college level.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Celebrating its centennial year in Montgomery this year, the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.