Mary W. Huff
Mary Wannamaker Huff, a native of Greenville, SC, was appointed the Associate Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2006. She assists Director of Music, Andrew Henderson, in many aspects of the music program including directing of the Children’s Choirs and Teen Choir, playing the organ for liturgies, accompanying and conducting the Church Choir and Saint Andrew Chorale, as well as managing our concert series, Music on Madison!
In addition to her work with liturgical music at MAPC, she is the Artistic Director of the New York City Children’s Chorus at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, an auditioned children’s choral program of over 170 children from the metropolitan NYC area in eight graded choirs. Recent highlights of the NYCCC season include singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Britten’s Saint Nicolas, and the Vaughan Williams Hodie. Her choirs have appeared on major television networks including appearances on Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, TODAY, NBC Sports,and CBS Sunday Morning. Recently, the NYCCC made its Carnegie Hall debut premiering Carol Barnett’s “Mortals and Angels” with bluegrass superstars, Dailey and Vincent, their Broadway debut in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” with Nathan Lane at Roundabout Theater, their Radio City Music Hall debut in “A Tribute to David Bowie.” The NYCCC opened the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall in 2017 appearing with Carly Simon. International tours have have taken the NYCCC to Canada, Germany, and Austria, and the choir has appeared recently in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Tennessee. The NYCCC's debut recording, Simple Gifts -- a collection of American and British Arts Songs -- is available on MSR Classics, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Simple Gifts appeared on the 2016 Grammy Ballot in the categories of Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Recording.
From 2004-2012, Ms. Huff was the Director of Children’s Choirs and High School Choir at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, conducting and administering one of the nation’s finest Catholic children’s choirs. She also prepared her choirs at St. Ignatius for their Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, singing Mahler’s Symphony no. 3 conducted by George Mathew. In addition, Ms. Huff has coached her students for solo performances in a range of NYC venues from Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the studios of Nickelodeon! Among her favorite press reviews was New York Magazine’s listing of one of her chorister’s performances of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as one of the year’s “Top Ten Classical Events in NYC” (Dec. 7, 2008). Her recent recording, ANGEL, with the St. Ignatius Children’s Choir, is available on MSR Classics.
Ms. Huff graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1999, and continued her musical studies on a full scholarship at Yale University where she earned a Master of Music degree at the Institute of Sacred Music in 2001. She continued further post-graduate studies in music education at Westminster Choir College, specializing in the training of children’s choirs. She has taught music to children of all grade levels (K4-12) in Independent, Catholic, and inner-city schools.