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Music and Music Education

Programs of Study in Music

“Where your passion becomes your future”

Schubert Mass in G

Huntingdon Concert Choir

Majors

  • Music
  • Music Education—Vocal/Choral (P–12)
  • Music Education—Instrumental (P–12)

Minor

  • Music

Educator Preparation

  • Music (Instrumental or Vocal/Choral, P–12)

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog. These programs of study are part of the Department of Fine Arts.

Interested in music?

Music at Huntingdon

photo of band during Hawk Walk

The Marching Scarlet and Grey

Huntingdon offers the best of all worlds in Music and Music Education. Here, you will find a complete music curriculum accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). At the same time, Huntingdon offers a full liberal arts educational experience. The Music major provides a strong foundation in music theory; auditory skills (sight reading and ear training); music history; and vocal or instrumental ensemble participation (band or choir). Music Education majors complete the requirements for the Music major as well as Teacher Candidate clinical experiences to become eligible for certification from the Alabama State Department of Education. This certification allows one to teach at the P–12 levels in either choral or instrumental music.

A Symphony of Opportunities

Huntingdon offers a score of music ensembles that are open to any student who loves music. Perfect your skills and gain performance experience through:

Interested in being part of a praise worship team? Campus Ministries holds auditions each semester. Planning to teach? You may work with prospective musicians through Huntingdon’s Honor Choir and Honor Bands.

Why Huntingdon?

high school students in honor band

Symphonic Honor Band

Huntingdon has long been known for excellence in Music and Music Education.  The program offers:

  • National music accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Educator Preparation in either choral or instrumental music—or both!
  • Abundant performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists.
  • Teacher Candidate clinical experiences for Music Education majors.
  • Weekly studio lessons—one-on-one instruction from experienced musician-professors.
  • Piano proficiency training in Huntingdon’s Yamaha keyboard lab.
  • Emphasis on student success from basic music fundamentals through all levels of theory and sight singing.
  • Numerous practice studios in Smith Music Building.
  • Excellent placement rates into graduate music programs or worship leadership or music teaching positions.
  • Successful graduates who are professional musicians in the areas of performance, education, music therapy, worship leadership, and fine arts administration.
  • Flexibility to combine the Music major with a second major.
  • Judy Marley Montgomery Choir Awards or Scarlet and Grey Awards—generous scholarships for participation and performance.
  • Strong liberal arts core curriculum emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Study in the Hobbs Honors Program for qualified students.

Exceptional Facilities

Choir at Service of Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols, led annually by the Concert Choir, is a cherished Huntingdon tradition

Sybil Smith Hall is the hub of music activity on campus.  Theory, voice, ear and sight training, instruments, and voice are studied here. A new band practice facility in Roland Student Center will open during the 2017–2018 academic year. Huntingdon offers one of the largest music archives in the Southeast. Performance spaces include Delchamps Recital Hall; Ligon Chapel, Drum Theater, Top Stage, Samford Stadium, and Roland Arena.

Dedicated Faculty-Musicians

Members of the music faculty at Huntingdon are active professional musicians participating in community musical venues such as the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Chorale, Montgomery Brass, Montgomery Madrigal Voices, and Cloverdale Wind Ensemble. The music faculty also serve as guest performers, conductors, adjudicators, and clinicians throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

  • Damion Womack, D.M.A., Chair, Department of Fine Arts; Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
  • James Conely, Ed.D. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Piano
  • Curtis Hollinger, M.M.Ed. Adjunct Instructor, Clarinet, Woodwinds
  • Rusty Logan, D.A. Instructor of Music, Low Brass
  • Brenda Luchsinger, D.M.A. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Applied Horn
  • Kevin Manderville, D.M. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar
  • Laryne Monte, Instructor, Piano
  • Adam Murphy, M.M.Ed., Assistant Director of Bands
  • Tiffany McGuire Nishibun ’04, M.M. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
  • Marie Robertson, M.M. Adjunct Instructor, Applied Brass
  • Eddy Williams,M.M.Ed. M.CM., Director of Bands, Instructor of Music

Graduate Success

Concert Band performance

Huntingdon Winds Concert Band

Huntingdon Music and Music Education alumni have been admitted to graduate programs at the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, the University of Alabama, the University of North Carolina, the University of Oklahoma, and numerous other programs. Graduates have entered career fields from teaching and performance to music therapy and law.