David Huff, Artistic Director
David Huff, a native of Fairfield Iowa, received a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master of Music degree with an emphasis on vocal performance and conducting from Northwestern University.
Mr. Huff spent two summers with the Aspen Music Festival and a year in the Miami Opera Apprentice Program, sharing the stage with such operatic luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti and famous baritone Sherrill Milnes, the latter with whom Mr. Huff has also studied voice. In addition to Sherrill Milnes, Mr. Huff has also studied voice with Metropolitan Tenor Sam Sakarian. Mr. Huff has sung all over the world–literally–as a performer on the World Cruise of the Queen Elizabeth II and the H.M.S. Sagafjord.
Major operatic roles of Mr. Huff include: Roméo (Roméo e Juliette); Alfredo and Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Rodolfo (La Boheme); and Fenton (Falstaff), with solo oratorio appearances in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Huff has also been tenor soloist in works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Gounod, Respighi, Stravinsky and Vaughn Williams.
Mr. Huff has been featured on recordings of Sir Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone, Disney’s Fantasia, Gershwin’s Let ‘em Eat Cake and Of Thee I Sing, as well as on numerous recordings with Voices of Ascension in Manhattan. He has performed with such notable conductors as Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Levine, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Mazur, Ricardo Muti, Marco Armiliato, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Nicola Luisotti.
David has directed adult choruses in Evanston, Manhattan, West Orange (NJ), San Francisco, Danville and Concord, as well as youth choirs in Danville and Palo Alto.
Julie Rieth, Assistant Director
Julie Rieth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics and Music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. Her teachers include Jean-David Coen, Carmen Or and Laurence Davis. Pedagogy teachers include Frances Larimer, Marcia Bosits, and Elvina Truman Pearce. Ms. Rieth has twice attended the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Jean-David Coen, where she was fortunate to audit John Perry’s master classes.
An active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and of the Music Teachers’ National Association, Ms. Rieth has served in branch board positions for over 15 years. Ms. Rieth is currently an independent piano teacher in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California (julierieth.musicteachershelper.com).
Her 26 years of teaching experience encompass Kindermusik, classroom music, group and private piano lessons in a variety of settings, including the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC.