1991 Swan Award Winner: Art Huff
Dr. Huff served as Vocal Representative to the Boards of the California Music Educators Association and the California branch of the American Choral Directors Association. He was elected Vocal Representative, and Vice President of CMEA and President of ACDA.
In the community, he has had solo performances with the Fresno Philharmonic seven times, and prepared choirs for performances with that orchestra from 1964-1988. He has been the Choir Director at St Paul’s Methodist Church, 1st Methodist Church, and St James Episcopal Cathedral. He also served on the Board and Chairman of the ECCO Conference Center. Dr Huff was also active in operas, singing lead roles with the Fresno Opera, Tucson, and Stanford University operas. Several of his former students have choral music teaching positions throughout the country and one directs a professional choir in London.
Travels to Europe and Asia as a singer and conductor include performances in Russia and China. He also had a US Tour with performances at the New York World’s Fair and at the Seattle World’s Fair. Seventeen summers were spent singing and studying conducting with world renowned conductor and President of the International Bach Society, Helmut Rilling at the yearly International Bach Festivals in Eugene, Oregon. Performances with Dr Rilling included concerts in Eugene, Portland, and at the Hollywood Bowl. He also sang professionally with Roger Wagner in LA and in San Diego, and with the Chamber Choir at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado.
In 1966 he became the director of the Fresno Community Chorus which he directed until his retirement in 1988. Since then he has continued to sing with the Fresno Community Chorus and with the choir at St. Columba’s Chruch. National Music Company of Los Angeles and H. W. Gray Music in New York publish his works.
Dr Huff is a life member of MENC and ACDA and has been honored with awards from the Fresno Arts Council, the CMEA Hall of Fame, and Emeritus Professor of Music at Fresno State.