Marvin Huls is Associate Professor of Music at Seton Hill University, Greensburg where he directs the University Singers, Women’s Chorale, and Handbell Choirs in addition to teaching duties in theory and conducting. He serves as coordinator of music recruitment and piano accompanist for student and faculty recitals. A past Chair of the Music Department, he has held numerous positions at the university, including President of the Seton Hill Professional Association. He is a graduate of Carthage College (Kenosha, Wisconsin) and Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona) with doctoral study at Temple University in Philadelphia. While at Northern Arizona University, he conducted the University Choir at the annual Grand Canyon Easter Sunrise service, broadcast nationally by NBC.
Mr. Huls has been Music Director of the 100-voice Westmoreland Choral Society since 1976. WCS has performed at the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and has toured the United States and Canada with performances in Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore, Colonial Williamsburg, New England, and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In the spring of 1996 he was commissioned to write an original composition (Blessed Are They) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Choral Society. In 2007, his 76-voice Seton Hill University Choir was selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference in Hershey.
Mr. Huls is a Past President of the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors Association, and currently serves as Editor of POLYPHONY, the state newsletter of PA-ACDA with mailings to over 1,000 members. In 1993 he was named Distinguished Performing Artist of the Year by the Greensburg Area Cultural Council and in 1995 was named Professor of the Year at Seton Hill University. In December of 2001 he was selected by the students to be the Commencement Speaker at the December graduation at Seton Hill University. In February of 2006, he received an award presented by the Ligonier Valley Writers Guild for his contributions to the arts in western Pennsylvania. In August of 2008 he was awarded the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence, presented by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Mr. Huls is Director of Music at First Lutheran Church in Greensburg and has served in various capacities for the Lutheran denomination at the local, synod, and national levels. He has been Music Director for numerous college and community productions and has served on the faculties of Temple University and Northern Arizona University. As a guest conductor and clinician, Huls has conducted festivals, workshops, and clinics in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Illinois, including District, County, and Honor Choirs. He serves as an adjudicator for the Educational Programs Network MUSIC IN THE PARKS.
Mr. Huls’s wife Shirley is also a music faculty member at Seton Hill, Director of the 50-voice Westmoreland Children’s Chorus, and former Director of Elementary Music at First Presbyterian Church, Greensburg. They have two daughters, Alice, whose husband Frank Podolinski is Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Greensburg, and Christa, who teaches Kindermusik classes, and whose husband Philip Beck is Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church in Tarentum. The Hulses are the proud grandparents of Jacob, Kathryn, Corey, Abigail, Joshua, and Benjamin.