School of Music


Dr. Douglas Huff
Douglas Huff

Office Location: 202 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1175
Title: Profess, Music History and Humanitites, Bassoon

Professor of Music in Bassoon and Music Appreciation, Dr. Huff is a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and the principal bassoonist of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Huff began his undergraduate studies as an economics major at Harvard College (Class of 1971), eventually transferring to the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, where he was awarded a BM cum laude (1975). He received an MM (1977) from Indiana University; a Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education (1993) from Chapman University; and a DMA (2001) from the University of Iowa.

His past teachers include Ronald Tyree, Mordecai Rechtman, Leonard Sharrow, and Donald DaGrade. His thirteen years of full-time orchestral experience includes principal bassoon positions with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra (1983-90) and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (1978-80). He served in the US Army as bassoonist/percussionist with the 6th US Army Band in San Francisco (1970-71), and the 76th US Army Band in Worms, Germany (1971-72).

Trevco Music has published Dr. Huff's edition of Clifford Julstom's Aria and Scherzo for bassoon and piano, and Dr. Huff's arrangement of Dinicu-Heifetz's Hora Staccato for bassoon and piano has also been accepted for publication by Trevco Music. Dr. Huff's article about bassoon swabs was cited by the International Double Reed Society's president, Terry Ewell, as one his ten favorite articles published in The Double Reed, and the recently released CD of Dr. Huff's performance with the Camerata Woodwind Quintet received the highest rating in a review in the same journal.

Dr. Huff has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright Grant to teach and perform in South Korea (1978-80). He is a member of the International Double Reed Society, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the Fulbright Alumni Association, the College Music Society, the Music Educator's National Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha. He plays a restored Heckel bassoon (#7033), built in 1930. One of his hobbies is distance running, and he has run seventeen marathons and five ultras. Please see also the Camerata Woodwind Quintet homepage. WIU appointment, 1998.