USU Jazz Studies - Biography: Dr. Michael Huff



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, DMA-Arizona State University, Music, Music Education - Choral, Jazz Studies: Keyboards, Aggie Music Project

Dr. Michael Huff is the Gaylen D. and Denise Rust Visiting Professor of Music Education and Commercial Music at Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts where he leads the University Chorale, USU Women’s Choir, and the pop-music group Out of the Blue, and performs with the Faculty Combo, Aggie Music Project (AMP). He is also developing new courses in Commercial Music and Music Business. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of Utah’s newest adult choir, Utah Voices, and Artistic Director of The Festival of Gold™ Series, presented by Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs.

An accomplished pianist, conductor, arranger, and event producer, he spent over a decade as Associate Conductor and Principal Accompanist for the Utah Symphony Chorus, as Music Director of the South Davis Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and is in steady demand as a conductor, pianist, clinician, adjudicator, and teacher. His reputation as an inspiring and innovative conductor is growing, and he has led Honor Ensembles and All-State Choirs in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Missouri, California, Chicago, Boston, Oregon, and Vermont. This season he will lead a National Festival Choir and Orchestra in concert at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He has also led large volunteer choirs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semi-annual worldwide General Conference (2000, 2005, 2009).

Equally at home with instrumental music, Dr. Huff has led and played in orchestras, bands, jazz bands, rock bands, and country bands. He has been the producer and director of the annually televised AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Finale in Memphis, Tennessee since 1989, where he has worked with many legendary performing artists including B.B. King, Three Dog Night, Cybill Shepherd, Little Richard, Lone Star, The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, Clint Black, Alabama, Lou Rawls, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans , The O’Jays, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and most recently, The Temptations. He also produces Freedom Fire, the annual Independence Day celebration presented by Logan City and USU’s Caine College of the Arts – guest artists have included Diamond Rio and KANSAS.

Dr. Huff holds music degrees from the University of Utah, and Arizona State University. His professional life has taken him nearly around the world, and to stages in many of the world’s great musical cities.

He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of six thriving children.

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