Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Harry Lyn Huff

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Harry Lyn Huff

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Harry Lyn Huff, 64 years old, November 3, 2016, at his home in Boston, Mass., of a cerebral aneurysm suffered three days earlier. Beginning in September 2007, he had been minister of music and organist at Old South Church in Boston's Copley Square, where he played the 1921 E.M. Skinner organ, Opus 308, of 115 ranks. He conducted the Old South Choirs and supervised the church's extensive music program, which includes a jazz ministry, the Old South Ringers, multiple choirs, and numerous concerts. He was also music director and lecturer on ministry at the Harvard Divinity School and chapter organist in the Memorial Church of Harvard University. In addition, he was an associate in the music department and an affiliate of Lowell House at Harvard, and an artist associate of the St. Botolph Club in Boston.

Huff was born October 25, 1952, in Sevierville, Tenn., and studied during the 1970s at the North Carolina School of the Arts and later at Yale University. He won organ competitions sponsored by the AGO, the RCCO, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Music Teachers' National Association. He was a guest artist at the Aspen, Spoleto, Mostly Mozart, Copenhagen, and Avignon summer festivals, and appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Composers' Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Pops, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Huff was music director 1984-2004 at Calvary Episcopal Church, and from 1986 to 2004 organist and artist-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary, both in New York City. …

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