Nibley was born to Alexander Nibley and his wife Agnes Sloan. He was the younger brother of Hugh Nibley. Nibley’s ancestry was Scottish, English and Jewish.
Nibley became involved in music while still a child. He made his debut with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, and performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. He was the principal pianist for the Utah Symphony Orchestra for ten years. Among Nibley’s later instructors was Leroy J. Robertson.
Nibley was a professor at the University of Utah, Michigan State University and Brigham Young University (BYU). At BYU, Nibley also held the position of pianist-in-residence. Among Nibley’s students at BYU was Kevin Kenner.
Nibley married Marjorie McBride in 1947 and they had three children. She died in 2000. In 2001, Nibley married Nona Gallacher.
Nibley’s hymn “I Know My Father Lives” is in both the Primary Children’s Songbook and the 1985 hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1998, a CD of some of Nibley’s works, Quiet Classics: Piano Meditations, was released. Nibley also wrote at least one sonata.
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