Dr. Ed Huckeby is an arts consultant and freelance composer, arranger, conductor and clinician. His career has included roles in higher education and arts administration, most recently serving as President of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, until his retirement in 2014. Prior to his appointment at SCU, he was the Chief Academic/Operating Officer and Professor of Music for over a decade at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow (OK). Huckeby also served as an arts administrator for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc., and holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he served for over two decades as Director of Bands, Music Department Chairman and Dean of the Graduate School.
Huckeby’s early music education career included eight years in Oklahoma public schools, where his marching, concert and jazz bands won state and regional acclaim. Significant success in the public schools led him into the college ranks where he became internationally recognized as an outstanding music educator and composer of over 200 published works for concert and marching band. His outstanding contributions to the concert and marching band literature have played an important role in the development of the contemporary band repertoire, and his recently released sightreading and music literacy curriculum, published by the C. L. Barnhouse Co., is receiving world-wide acclaim.s performance background and experience is very eclectic, having been a member of a symphony orchestra (horn), jazz band (trumpet), and contemporary Christian quintet (bass guitar, keyboards and vocals), as well as having served regularly as a church organist and pianist. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, a master’s in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in administration from Oklahoma State University with additional study at the University of North Texas. He has written music education articles for The Instrumentalist, The American Music Teacher, and The Journal of the International Horn Society, and has held memberships in Music Educators National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu, where he served as a member of the national board of directors and state chapter president. Huckeby was selected as an "Outstanding Young Man in America," is listed in the "International Who's Who in Music," and was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association "Hall of Fame" in 1996. He has created over 50 commissioned works and has served as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor for instrumental ensembles around the world, including Japan, Australia, Canada and across the United States. Ed and his wife, Latricia, live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma near their daughters, Angela and Amanda, and their grandchildren.
Consultant/Composer/Clinician/Conductor 2014-Present Music/FineArts/Education
Currently serving as a freelance arts consultant, composer, arranger, conductor and clinician. Has created over 200 published works and 50+ commissioned works for symphonic band/wind ensemble and served as guest conductor/clinician for music ensembles across the United States and in Canada, Australia and Japan.
Southwestern Christian University
Served as President of Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, Oklahoma. Led the institution through a significant period of unprecedented enrollment growth and building/remodeling projects until retirement in June, 2014.
Associate VP for Academic Affairs - Chief Academic/Operating Officer
Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow Campus
Served as the primary Northeastern State University academic and community relations liaison to the Tulsa metropolitan area. Was significantly involved for over a decade in the academic planning and physical plant development of a vibrant and fast-growing university branch campus.
Executive Director of Operations 1998-1999
Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc.
Served as the Chief Business Officer of Oklahoma's premier ballet company. Oversaw fundraising, marketing and other business aspects of the company.
Graduate Dean, Department Chair, Professor of Music
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Served for over two decades as faculty member, department chair and administrator.
Director of Bands 1970-1976
Poteau Public Schools (OK)
Served as director of elementary, junior high and high school bands; taught comprehensive musicianship and jazz band.
Band Director 1968-1970
Allen Public Schools (OK)
Served as director of bands while completing bachelor's degree at East Central State College (now East Central University), Ada, OK.
Doctor of Education (Ed. D.)
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, Norman, OK (1989)
Master of Music Education (M. M. Ed.)
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, Stillwater, OK (1974)
Bachelor of Arts in Education (B. A. Ed) - Music Education
EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, Ada, OK (1970)