Photo by Heather Dunn
Originally from Mitchell, South Dakota, Mr. Huyck earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State University with a music specialist degree in trumpet and voice. He studied for his masters at the esteemed Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. He studied trumpet privately with Joe Naumcheff, Max Woodbury and Arnold Jacobs and has played trumpet with many bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles including the Muncie Symphony and the Chicago Ballet.
Mr. Huyck has taught band and choral music in schools in Indiana, Howe Military Academy and in Alaska.
Mr. Huyck has performed singing lead rolls in the operas La Boheme, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Don Pasquale as well as a soloist in several oratorios and choral concerts. He has toured internationally with the Voices of Baha during several past summers and helped prepare that group for their Carnegie Hall performance in 2002.
Mr. Huyck has performed locally with The Anchorage Concert Chorus, Mat-Su Chorus, Flat Baroque and was a member of the elite Alaska Chamber Singers for 15 years.
Mr. Huyck was inducted into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National honorary music fraternity. In 2015, Mr. Huyck was given the Lifetime Achievement in the arts award as Music Teacher, Performer and Band Master by the Palmer Arts Council.
Mr. Huyck has enjoyed the beauty of Alaska and its wonderful people since moving here in 1970 through his love of photography, camping and enjoying music with his many friends. Mr. Huyck was one of the three co-founders of the International Iditarod Trail Race with Joe Redington and Tom Johnson in 1973 when he was racing sled dogs. This is his eighth season as the conductor of the Mat-Su Concert Band, a position he dearly loves and is in much demand as a guest conductor and clinician.
Outside of music, his greatest joy is spending time with the families of his two daughters Heather and Marzieh and his four grandchildren.