Huntingdon News

January 30, 2014
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon remembers Dr. James Glass

Dr. James GlassMontgomery, AL—Retired Huntingdon College professor of music Dr. James Glass died Monday, January 27, in Montgomery.  Dr. Glass came to Huntingdon as an associate professor of music in 1989 and retired in 2007, at which time he was honored as professor emeritus of music.  

Dr. Glass, who served as chair of the Department of Music during his tenure at Huntingdon, earned degrees in vocal performance and musicology from Hardin-Simmons University, Southwestern Seminary, and the University of Texas.  His varied career included performing in opera, oratoria, and concert and serving as a choral conductor and adjudicator, but he was best known as an outstanding teacher of voice. At Huntingdon he directed the madrigal program and various operatic performances, as well as the Concert Choir, other vocal ensembles, and numerous travel-study trips in Europe. He served on the board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and as an officer in the American Choral Directors Association.  Dr. Glass' students were consistent winners in vocal contests throughout the Southeast, and many of his students pursued careers as performers and teachers.    

"Dr. James Glass was a champion for music excellence, a dedicated teacher, and a committed advocate for his students," said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. "His good work furthered Huntingdon's reputation for providing musical opportunities of the highest caliber not only for Huntingdon students, but also for the community.  His memory and influence live on in our music programs and in those who had the privilege of knowing and studying with him." 

Private services will be held in Dallas, Texas.  In his memory, the College will dedicate the Sunday, October 5, 2014, Homecoming Concert to Dr. Glass' memory and invites former music students to return and pay tribute to Dr. Glass at that time.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Huntingdon College Department of Music via the Office of College and Alumni Relations.

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. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for three years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges. Huntingdon's music program offers a major in music with concentrations in voice or instrumental music or worship leadership, and a major in P–12 music education with teaching certification in choral or instrumental music. 


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