Dr. Vernon Huff earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting with a secondary cognate in music education from Arizona State University. His dissertation was a study of the papers of William Levi Dawson (1899-1990): African American arranger, composer, and choir director of the famed Tuskegee Institute Choir. Dr. Huff has presented several conference sessions on Dawson’s music as well as assessment techniques in the secondary choral classroom. In 2007 he earned National Board Certification as a teacher of Choral Music, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood.
Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Huff served as the Choral Ensembles Coordinator and director of the Men’s Chorus at ASU. He earned the Master of Musical Arts in choral conducting degree from The Ohio State University, where he conducted the Lyric Opera Chorus and Mastersingers, and received the Outstanding Graduate Student – Performance Division award. He earned his baccalaureate degree in choral music education from Furman University. Dr. Huff was Director and Associate Director of one of the largest choral programs in South Carolina for eight years and served as lead teacher for all high school and middle school choral programs in his school district. Previously, he taught high school choral music in Columbus, Ohio and elementary school music in Orange County, California. Dr. Huff served as the National Chair for the ACDA Men’s Honor Choir in 2010. He has adjudicated numerous clinics and festivals throughout Arizona and South Carolina.