Nina Nash-Robertson's husband, John Robertson, daughter, Jenny Robertson, and granddaughter, Riley Shea McGuire, stand with plaque commemorating her outside of the choir room.
More than 88 people gathered Monday, including 28 student performers, to dedicate the School of Music
choir hall in the Central Michigan University Music Building in honor of the late Nina Nash-Robertson, who retired in May 2017 as the director of choral activities.
Nash-Robertson died in January 2018.
“Dr. Nash-Robertson was first and foremost a magnificent teacher,” said Randi L’Hommedieu, director of the School of Music. “She possessed the fine musicianship; natural pedagogical skill; and the tender, generous nature that characterizes true master teachers.”
In addition to naming the hall, the ceremony also launched an endowed scholarship and endowed choral fund created by Nash-Robertson’s husband, John Robertson, and daughter, Jenny Robertson.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a choral conducting or choral music education student who achieves certain academic and performance requirements and “exemplifies the passion for music and music education that was so much a part of who Nina was,” John Robertson said.
The choral fund will provide for activities and needs of the choral music program, such as concert tours regionally and abroad and purchases to enhance the program.
Originally a K-12 teacher, Nash-Robertson began her tenure at CMU in August 1982. During her 35-year career at CMU, Nash-Robertson directed the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Festival Chorus, in addition to teaching choral literature and conducting.
Nash-Robertson believed instruction extended beyond the classroom and rehearsal hall, making sure to include travel in her curricula as often as possible. Her choirs toured China twice, Europe five times and appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City four times.