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Dr. Jennifer Canfield, Choral Music Education
Dr. Vadim Serebryany, Piano, Music Theory
Mr. Eddy Williams, Percussion, Director of Bands
Dr. Harald Rohlig, Professor Emeritis
Dr. James Conely, Adjunct Professor of Piano/Organ
Mr. Curtis Hollinger, Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds
Ms. Tiffany Nishibum, Adjunct Professor of Voice
Dr. Kevin Manderville, Adjunt Professor of Guitar
Dr. Brenda Luchsinger, Adjunct Professor of Horn
Mr. Adam Murphy, Assistant Director of Bands

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  • Music Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Professor of Music (choral)

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Education

  • Ph.D., Choral Music Education, Auburn University
  • M.S., Troy University
  • B.M.E., Troy University

Biography

A National Board Certified Teacher, Dr. Canfield has served as a choral director and/or music teacher at both public and private schools, including Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phenix City, Ala.; St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.; Department of Defense Schools in Woodbridge and Upwood, United Kingdom; and Summerville High School, in Summerville, S.C. She has served as an adjunct professor of music at Charleston Southern University and a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University. She has taught private voice, piano, and organ lessons, as well as other classroom-based music classes. In addition to teaching, Dr. Canfield has directed several high school musicals, composed choral works, accompanied other singers, adjudicated singing competitions, served as a church organist and choir director for five churches, and performed as a soprano soloist with ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and operas in five states in the United States and in the United Kingdom. She came to Huntingdon in 2008.

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  • Assistant Professor of Music (piano, music theory, music history)

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Education

  • D.M.A., Yale University, 2006
  • M.M.A., Yale University, 2000
  • M.M., Juilliard School, 1998
  • B.M., Juilliard School, 1997
  • A.R.C.T., Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), 1991

Biography

Prior to joining Huntingdon's music faculty in 2008, Dr. Serebryany served as an artist in residence and adjunct professor of piano and humanities at La Sierra University (Calif.), as lecturer in piano at Lawrence University (Wis.), and as a member of the faculty at the International School for the Musical Arts (Canada), Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto Community School. He has given numerous lectures, master classes, and performances all over the world, including concert performances in Japan annually since 2001. He frequently performs with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Honors and Awards

  • Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd III Award for Excellence in Teaching, Huntingdon College, 2011
  • Semi-finalist, Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition; Florence, Italy; 2004
  • Third Prize, International Pianoforte Competition; Citta di Minerbio, Italy; 2003
  • First Recipient of the Fred Gaviller Memorial Fund Award, 1998
  • Chalmers Fund Performing Arts Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 1997
  • Temple Sinai Musical Legacy Award, 1991

Recordings

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  • Director of Bands (bands, percussion)

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Education

  • Master of Science, Music Education, Troy State University
  • Master of Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education, University of Alabama

Biography

Mr. Eddy Williams joined the Huntingdon family in 2010 after serving as a music educator and band director since 1975 at Floyd Junior High School, Goodwyn Junior High School, Jefferson Davis High School, and Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery. He has also served as a minister of music and youth at Cambria Baptist Church in Christiansburg, Virginia, and Kinsey Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He has served as an adjudicator and judge at numerous band competitions and as a guest conductor for district or regional honor bands. Mr. Williams is a member of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, for which he performs on percussion, and is a past chairman of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, District VI. As a teacher and conductor, his own bands have competed in district, state, and regional competitions and received “superior” or “best in show” ratings, among other honors.

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  • Adjunct Professor of Music (piano, organ)

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Education

  • Ed.D. Columbia University Teachers College
  • M.Ed., University of Florida

Biography

James Conely, adjunct instructor of piano and organ, received his Ed.D. in college English teaching correlated with music from Columbia University Teachers College, where he studied piano with Thomas Richner.  Previously at the University of Florida where he received the M.Ed., he studied piano with Russell Danburg and continued post-masters work in organ with Willis Bodine.  In addition to his academic degrees, he holds the Colleague Certificate of the American Guild of Organists.

He has published four volumes for organ and played organ concerts across the country at UCLA, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the University of Colorado in Boulder, St. Thomas Church in New York, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a number of other churches and universities.  For twenty-five years until 2007 he was organist for Capitol Heights United Methodist Church in Montgomery and continues as requested as a guest organist for various churches.  He has composed music for numerous productions at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well as the Bonfils Theatre in Denver, the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis, and Hip-to-Hip Theatre in Queens, New York, compositions for which he has received annual awards every year since 1986 from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

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  • Adjunct Professor of Music (clarinet, woodwinds)

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Education

  • M.M.Ed., Vander Cook College of Music
  • B.S., Alabama State University

Biography

Curtis Hollinger, (B.S., M.M.Ed.), is a graduate of Alabama State University; Montgomery, Alabama and Vander Cook College of Music, Chicago, Illinois. He has served in the following capacities: Band Director (forty (40) years) in the public school systems of Georgia and Alabama; past director of the George Washington Carver High School Bands, Montgomery, Alabama; past director of The Montgomery Public Schools All-City Bands; first instrumental music director for The Alabama Governor’s School of the Arts; director for three different high school bands from Montgomery, (with Superior ratings), at District Band Festivals.

 He currently serves as principal clarinet for the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra – a position held since 1984.  Additional experiences include participation in the Festival Clarinet Choirs of the International Clarinet Association Annual Festivals, and clarinetist in the Montgomery Woodwind Quintet.

 Hollinger’s professional development includes attendance at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinics, and attendance at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) conferences. Over the years, he has served as judge for clarinets at Alabama All-State Music Festivals, adjudicator at District Band Festivals, State Band Festivals, Marching Band Festivals, Solo Ensemble Festivals, and Clarinet Clinician at various schools and colleges. In March 2005, he served as music director for a local production of the Broadway musical “Purlie”, performed at the Davis Theatre; Montgomery, Alabama. 

Hollinger’s most  recent professional work includes a solo performance  of Concertino for Clarinet by C.M. von Weber with the Minor High School Band - at the 2008 Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) Conference, held at  the University of Alabama. Hollinger has been band director of Loveless Academic Magnet Program Symphonic Band in Montgomery, Alabama; adjunct clarinet instructor at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, adjunct clarinet instructor at Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama; clarinetist in the orchestra for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Man of La Mancha and Peter Pan, and currently, adjunct instructor at Huntington College Academy of Music, Montgomery, Alabama.

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  • Adjunct Professor of Music (voice, vocal diction)

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Education

  • M.M., New England Conservatory
  • B.A. Huntingdon College

Biography

Tiffany McGuire Nishibun is an alumna Huntingdon College (B.A. in Music), as well as The New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. in Vocal Performance) in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed opera scenes as Gilda in Rigoletto, Barbarina and Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte and Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio. She has also performed in the productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors as the title character, The Elixir of Love as Gianetta, and La Traviata as Violetta with the Huntingdon College Opera Theater. She has recently performed as the soprano soloist with the Faulkner University Chorus in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, with Church of the Ascension in Faure’s Requiem, and The Montgomery Chorale in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Tiffany is an adjunct professor of music for AUM and Faulkner University and looks forward to teaching her first class at Huntingdon College this fall. Not only is she involved in college-level education, but she is also the Director of Children’s Ministries for Church of the Ascension and Administrator of the Montgomery Youth Chorale and Montgomery Chorale.

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  • Adjunct Professor of Music (guitar)

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Education

  • D.M.Florida State University
  • M.M., Florida State University
  • B.M. Stetson University

Biography

Kevin Manderville is active as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and scholar. He has appeared in major cities and festivals throughout North America and Europe including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, the Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium, the 2nd Acadia International Guitar Festival, and the New York Guitar Seminar, among others. He has won prizes in several international competitions, including first prize at the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, second prize at the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and consecutive top prizes at the Columbus Guitar Symposium Competition. His debut CD, titled Through the Centuries, was released in the fall of 2010 on Clear Note.

Kevin Manderville holds degrees from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson and Florida State University, where he completed the Doctor of Music degree under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman. In addition, he has studied in the master classes of some of today’s most prominent guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Eliot Fisk, and Oscar Ghiglia. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Manderville has taught in many diverse settings from universities to community programs and serves on the Guitar Foundation of America’s Education Committee. He currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where he directs the classical guitar program at Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School and began teaching classical guitar at Huntingdon College in 2009.

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Artists Enhancement Grant, 2006
  • Fourth Prize, Columbus Guitar Symposium International Competition, 2006
  • Fourth Prize, Columbus Guitar Symposium International Competition, 2005
  • Second Prize, Rantucci International Guitar Competition, 2004
  • First Prize, Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, 2002
  • First Prize, Florida MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition, 1997
  • First Prize, FCCAA Collegiate Artists Competition, 1993

Dr. Brenda Luchsinger
  • Adjunct Professor of Horn

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Education

  • D.M.A. University of Alabama
  • M.M, University of Florida
  • B.M., University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Biography

Dr. Brenda Luchsinger teaches applied horn at Huntingdon College. She is also an Assistant Professor of Music at Alabama State University, where she teaches applied horn, music appreciation and string methods. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with Bachelor of Music degrees in Applied Horn and Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and earned her Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Florida in 2006. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance in 2011 from the University of Alabama. Her document, The Horn Quartets of Michael Kallstrom – A Performance Guide was presented at the 2010 International Horn Symposium in Brisbane, Australia.

Professionally, Dr. Luchsinger is a member of the Tuscaloosa and Macon (GA) Symphonies, and has had many recent performances with the Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Johns Creek (GA) Symphonies, as well as other professional orchestras throughout Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and Wisconsin. Internationally, she has performed in concerts, solo recitals and chamber recitals in Australia, Singapore, Russia, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. As a member of the American Wind Symphony in 2007, she appeared on CBS’s The Early Show and was an artist at the Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale University.

Dr. Luchsinger has presented lectures and lecture recitals regionally and internationally on topics including Michael Kallstrom’s horn quartets, unaccompanied horn literature, extended techniques for the horn, and teaching and performing techniques for musicians with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders.

She can be heard on the University of Florida Wind Symphony’s CDs Durian Music and Stravinsky & Friends, on the American Wind Symphony’s Music of the Americas, and has recorded with the Trade Winds for Carl Fischer Music. She is a member of the International Horn Society. Dr. Luchsinger’s principal horn teachers include Charles “Skip” Snead, Paul Basler, Patrick Miles and Michael J. Arendt.

Mr. Adam Murphy
  • Assistant Director of Bands

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Education

  • B.M. Samford University (Summa Cum Laude)

Biography

Mr. Adam Murphy joined the Huntingdon College music department in 2011 to assist with the growing band program. He directs the BallHawks Pep Band and assists with all other facets of the band program, including the Marching Scarlet and Grey, Huntingdon Winds, and Huntingdon Jazz. Adam is an active musician in the Montgomery area and has performed with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Huntingdon, Mr. Murphy was a brass instructor in the Birmingham area and was the principle Horn in the Samford University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. He also has a long history of barbershop singing and currently performs with the internationally award-winning barbershop quartet, The Vigilantes.

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  • Professor Emeritus of Music (organ)

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Education

  • D.F.A., Huntingdon College (Honorary)
  • Graduate, Osnabrück Conservatory of Music

Biography

Harald Rohlig is world-renowned among organists not only as a player and composer but as an organ designer. “I think of the organs as my children, and I've got them all over the country,” he says. What may be his favorite “child,” the organ he designed for the college’s chapel in 1965, returned home in November of 2000 after a two-year restoration project that doubled its size. Now fully installed and tuned, the beautiful instrument is a culmination of and a tribute to Dr. Rohlig’s career.

That career began when Harald Rohlig was a small boy in Germany. His mother took him to hear a symphony performance. The beauty of the music so enthralled and captivated him that he remembers being physically ill for two weeks after the performance. He believed that the concert was a message from God that he should devote his life to music.

But Hitler had other plans. As Rohlig practiced piano and violin, Hitler’s forces were eliminating Jews in Germany. One week his piano teacher was among those taken away. Soon after, his violin teacher was taken.

His father was a United Methodist minister in northwest Germany who was opposed to Hitler’s messages, but when the family’s water, utilities, and access to groceries were systematically cut off, Harald had no choice but to join the Hitler Youth. He was ten years old. Shortly after, his father was imprisoned at the Bergen Belsen concentration camp for preaching a sermon on obeying God before man.

Harald, who had been a child prodigy on the violin before an elbow injury interfered with his playing, was drafted into the air force in 1943 at age 17 and served as an anti-aircraft gunner during WWII. Just before the war ended, he was captured by American forces but traded to the French. He spent most of the next three years imprisoned in a 17th-century fortress on the French side of the English Channel. The Germans had laid great numbers of land mines along that coast, and who better to clear them than German prisoners-of-war?

“There were no metal detectors,” Harald recalls. “You were given a sharp instrument called a pique to push into the ground. If you were careless or you fainted and fell on a mine, you had what they called a cigar-box funeral. I came close to having one myself.” There were 100 men in the camp; 36 died the first year.

It was a twisted, wrenching time, the son fighting for Germany while the father languished in a concentration camp, then the father liberated by the Allies and the son imprisoned by them.

Released in 1948, Harald resumed his musical education at Osnabrück Conservatory in Germany and as an exchange student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London. At Osnabrück, he met the woman who would become his wife, Ingeborg, herself an accomplished violinist.

Eager to come to America, his father advised him to take out an ad in The Christian Advocate, a Methodist publication, seeking a position with a church in the states. He received many offers. In 1953, one week after they wed, the Rohligs made their way to the small town of Linden, Alabama, where Harald had secured a position with the First United Methodist Church as minister of music and organist. Two years later, Harald joined the faculty of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, where he has remained ever since.

Since that time, Rohlig has performed hundreds of concerts, written more than 1,000 organ and choral pieces of music, published more than 300 of his own works, and won every teaching award the College offers. He has been recognized six times with American Society of Composers Awards. In 2000, he was named Educator of the Year among all United Methodist-related colleges and universities by the United Methodist Foundation for Christian Higher Education. Those who have crossed his path say that, when it comes to organs and church music, Rohlig may be the world's best. He has played at, and composed for, the world’s greatest churches, including Canterbury, Washington National, Cologne, Notre Dame de Paris, and Westminster Abbey.

As an organist and choirmaster, Harald Rohlig seems to cast a spell, but no one is more caught up in it than he. “When I play, I play like a child and let the chips fall where they may,” he told the Birmingham News in 1985. “As long as you play for the glory of God, you don’t have to worry about the responses of the audience. Musicians should direct their music to God, then God gives it to the people, and the people share it with each other. It is a gift, from musicians to God, and from God to us.”