School of Music


Douglas Huff

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

Douglas Huff is Professor of Bassoon and Music History and a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet at Western Illinois University.

Dr. Huff began his undergraduate studies as an economics major at Harvard College, eventually transferring to the University of the Pacific, where he was awarded a BM (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, Milan Turkovic, Leonard Sharrow, James Dickie, Richard Lottridge, Stanley Petrulis, Donald DaGrade, Walter Green, Rudy Aurori, Dan Kingman and Primo Yob.

His orchestral experience includes principal bassoon positions with the Galesburg Symphony Orchestra (1998-2010), the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (1997-98), the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra (1995-98), the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra (1982-90), the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra (1981-82), the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (1978-80), and the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra (1977-78). He also 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).

Solo appearances include concerto performances with orchestras in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. Trevco Music has published Huff's edition of Clifford Julstom's Aria and Scherzo for bassoon and piano, and the CD of Huff's performance with the Camerata Woodwind Quintet received the highest rating in a review in The Double Reed. Huff also performs on James Stephenson's The Devil's Tale — A Sequel to Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, on (Parma Records).

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an Iowa Arts Fellowship (University of Iowa, 1993-95) and a Fulbright Grant (South Korea, 1978-80). In 2007, Huff received WIU's College of Fine Arts and Communications award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, and he has given presentations at national conferences of the College Music Society and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction on the use of "clickers" (electronic response devices) in teaching large classes of music appreciation.

He plays Heckel bassoon #7033, built in 1931 and restored by Carl Sawicki in 2003. One of Huff's hobbies is distance running, and he has run more than twenty marathons as well as several ultramarathons, including the Huntington Ultra Frigid 50K and the Biel 100K. WIU appointment, 1998.