When Man and Wife Teach Music

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Michael and Susan Huff are new music professors here at Snow College. Photo courtesy of Michael and Susan Huff

Michael and Susan Huff are new music professors here at Snow College. Photo courtesy of Michael and Susan Huff

Dr. Michael Huff is the Director of Choral Activities at Snow College. Prior to his appointment at Snow, Dr. Huff served as the Executive Director of Legacy Music Alliance in Salt Lake City. 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. Dr. Huff holds music degrees from the University of Utah and Arizona State University. His professional life has taken him nearly all around the world and to stages in many of the world’s greatest musical cities. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of six children (snow.edu). Susan is also a teacher at Snow. She teaches private vocal lessons for music majors. She prefers one-on-one lessons whereas Michael loves groups.

Music has been a part of Michael’s professional life for 40 years. He has been studying music since he was 5 and teaching music for over 20 years. Susan has had music as her profession for 30 years. She has been studying music since she was 8 and teaching on and off for 25 to 30 years. Michael was inspired to have a career in music and teaching because he loves music. He loves music makers, the process of music making, and inspiring students to love them as well. Susan loves teaching voice lessons to beginners because she thinks it’s fun to see someone improve and find more joy in their singing talents that they have already.

The Huffs are convinced that people can make music anywhere, and it is wonderful everywhere, even here in little Ephraim. Everywhere deserves music.

Susan loves teaching students but does not like to put a grade on their experiences. Michael’s favorite part of Snow College is interacting with the students and seeing them get better;  however, he does not like that society doesn’t value education and its broadest sense, including music. The Huffs insist that the students are the best part of their job.  Students are encouraged to take music classes even if it isn’t their major.

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