Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is pleased to announce the appointment of its next chorusmaster, Walter Huff, who will make his company debut in the upcoming 2020 Festival Season.
Mr. Huff is a renowned vocal coach, conductor, and pianist who has worked with singers, choral ensembles, and opera companies across the United States and abroad. Mr. Huff served as longtime chorus master and coach with Atlanta Opera until 2017, and has also worked with San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra-Comique (European tour of Porgy and Bess), Spoleto Festival, Indiana University Opera, Peabody Opera Theater, Tanglewood Music Center, Brevard Music Center, and many others. He is currently Professor of Choral Conducting and Faculty Director of Opera Choruses at Indiana University, while also maintaining a private coaching studio in Atlanta.
As one of the nation’s most celebrated opera chorus masters, Mr. Huff has prepared ensembles for more than one hundred fifty productions, ranging from the majority of mainstream opera titles to musical theater and prominent contemporary works. Mr. Huff has performed in recital with singers in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Spivey Hall, The Phillips Collection, and has premiered vocal works by the likes of Ned Rorem and Stephen Paulus. In the summer of 2020, Mr. Huff will return for his third term as faculty member/coach at Ravinia Festival’s Steans Vocal Institute.
Earning degrees from Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, Mr. Huff studied piano, conducting, and voice, while also focusing on collaborative piano and vocal literature. He is a frequent clinician for vocal master classes and choral workshops, focusing on areas of interpretation, audition preparation, diction, and choral rehearsal techniques.