Bridgewater College Recognizes Gloyd and Nissley for Excellence in Music

College Awards - Honoring Outstanding Students

Corey Gloyd and Leisha Nissley were recognized for excellence in the performing arts at Bridgewater College.

Gloyd was presented the Nelson T. Huffman Award for Musical Excellence. Selected by the music faculty, this award is given to seniors who have excelled both musically and academically. The award honors the late Nelson T. Huffman, longtime professor and chair of the department of music, and includes a cash prize and the winner’s name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Department of Music.

Gloyd, a senior music major, is the son of Jennifer Moye of Winchester, Va. Gloyd is principal trumpet for the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble. He serves as president of the campus chapter of National Association for Music Educators (NAfME).

Following graduation on May 1, Gloyd will pursue a master’s in trumpet performance at Texas Christian University.

Nissley, a junior music major with a minor in Spanish, received the Margie John Garst Music Scholarship for $1,000 for the 2021-22 academic year. The award is presented to music majors who plan on teaching or conducting music and whose studies place an emphasis on the organ and/or piano.

Nissley is the daughter of Jonathan and Andrea Nissley of Mount Crawford, Va. Nissley is a member of the college’s Flory Honors Program. She is a member of the Concert Choir and the Chorale. She also accompanies the Symphonic Band on the piano. She serves as treasurer of the campus chapter of NAfME and is a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association (HMTA).