Silas Nathaniel Huff
SILAS NATHANIEL HUFF is an orchestra and band conductor, composer, and U.S. Army Music Officer. Maestro Huff has conducted outstanding orchestral, band, choral, opera, ballet, and new music performances for a decade and a half across the United States and Europe. He has conducted youth, university, and professional ensembles in California, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia. Internationally, he has conducted the L’Orchestre de L’Institut Musical de Provence-Aubagne (Aix-en-Provence, France), the Republic of Adegya National Philharmonic Orchestra (Maikop, Russia), the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra (Zlin, Czech Republic). Maestro Huff is currently the Director of the US Army Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and Co-Director of the International Conducting Institute, an organization whose aim it is to train the next generation of outstanding conductors.
A native Texan, Maestro Huff studied classical guitar at Texas State University before moving to Los Angeles where he earned a Master of Music degree in music theory and composition from UCLA. While there, he studied conducting with Maestro Donald Neuen, and upon graduation became a full-time student of orchestral conducting under Dr. Richard Rintoul at California State University in Long Beach. Mr. Huff also spent one year in residence at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik (Germany), six months studying privately in Berlin, and two summers at L’Institut Musical Provence-Aubagne (France). Maestro Huff has attended dozens of workshops led by the world’s finest maestros, including Maestros Kirk Trevor, Donald Schleicher, Gustav Meier, Michael Tilson Thomas, Carl St. Clair, Harold Farberman, and others
Maestro Huff’s past positions include Music Director of the Astoria Symphony (NYC), Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of the U.S. Army TRADOC Band, Conductor of Moscow Ballet’s USA east coast tours, Associate Producer of Opera at the Manhattan School of Music, and Assistant Conductor of the California State University Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Palisades Symphony (CA), and Greenwich Village Orchestra (NY). An avid dance conductor, Maestro Huff has conducted performance with the Fullerton College Ballet Theater (CA), Long Island City Ballet (NYC), Octavia Cup Dance Theatre (NYC), Moscow Ballet, and the Martha Graham Ensemble, with which he conducted Aaron Copland’s complete Appalachian Spring with the original choreography, costumes, and set. In 2001, Maestro Huff was named Conductor of the Year by the California State University system, and he was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Maikop International Conducting Competition (Russia).
As a composer and advocate of new music, Maestro Huff has also organized and presented concerts of contemporary music in California, Texas, New York, Virginia, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy, and continues to compose and conduct new music. He has conducted dozens of world premieres, including his own. In 2007, he conducted the premiere of his “Five Episodes for Cello and Orchestra,” and 2009 saw the premiere of his first ballet, “Chun Zhi Ge” (“Spring Song Festival”), which was performed again in November 2011 in China before a live audience of 50,000 and a television audience of 100 million. In the fall of 2010, Maestro Huff conducted the orchestral premiere of his “Four Cowboy Songs,” and 2014 saw the premiere of his “Texas Ranger Fantasy” for euphonium solo and symphonic band.
Maestro Huff loves espresso, bicycling, and his novelist wife Taylor Morris. They live in Washington, D.C., with their ornery cat, Blackie.
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