Whether she’s teaching music, singing in choir or practicing her ukulele, Libbi Nixon lives for creating harmony. She’s a friendly voice to her choral alumni, attendees at her church and her students at Dayton Oaks.
The importance of music in her life is not only evident in her career, but also how she fills her free time. Her favorite quarantine projects have been working on improving her piano skills and rehearsing music in nature.
Let’s take you back to where it all began. Libbi has always been a natural. She has been singing for as long as she can remember. She laughs as she tells us she’s sure she drove her parents nuts with all the noise she made as a child! Her casual singing transitioned into a passion when she was in sixth grade. After an exciting year in chorus with an encouraging teacher, she began taking voice lessons. In high school, she joined the marching band, where she met her husband, Sam. Like Sam, most of her closest friends are people that she met through music in some way or another.
“I’ve been lucky to have amazing teachers and choral directors at every phase of my journey as a singer, and to sing alongside wonderful people. I get a lot of inspiration from the act of singing with other people- it creates a sense of connection and community that I don’t think can be replicated in any other way,” Libbi expresses.
After high school, Libbi went to the University of Delaware, where she earned her degree in Music Education. While there, she sang in the UD Chorale under the direction of conductor Paul Head. As part of the choir, she traveled on a European tour and continued to grow as a vocalist while also developing a love of travel. As an alumni, she has been involved with several UD-affiliated programs, and attended the Delaware Choral Symposium in Aix-en-Provence, France, several times. Who wouldn’t love to sing with incredible musicians from around the world!
While many of us may only dream of performing with the celebrated musicians, Libbi is no amateur. While studying at University of Delaware, she was part of a choir asked to perform at (then Vice President) Joe Biden’s Christmas party. She has also worked with the famous composers of pieces she has performed, including Malcolm Dalglish and Moira Smiley, who helped instruct her musical group on their pieces.
Fast forward to today, Libbi is now an inspiration to our youth and has been teaching music in Howard County for five years.
It’s rare to attend a work meeting these days without logging into Zoom, so it’s no surprise
Libbi’s weekly routines have adjusted as well. Libbi’s choir, Six Degree Singers, was asked to be part of a virtual celebration on Earth Day. Each singer’s beautiful hymn was edited together to create the masterpieces in the videos below. Inspired by these pieces, Libbi took the idea to her classroom and created a mini virtual choir with her students since they couldn’t have their usual end-of-year concert.
When asked if she had any advice for aspiring vocalists, Libbi replied “I think anyone who wants to sing is already a singer. A lot of people think that they “can’t sing” or that being a singer takes a certain talent that some people have and others don’t. This is totally not true! I started singing because I loved it, and have spent a LOT of time practicing and studying. Singing or playing instruments is a skill that anyone can learn, as long as they are willing to work at it.”