Tim Carter joined the Department of Music in 2001 as the inaugural David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music. At Carolina, Carter served as department Chair from 2004 to 2009. Much was accomplished during his tenure as chair to include the construction of Kenan Music Building, the launch of the James W. Pruett Fellowship program, and the establishment of the Kenan Music Scholars Program.
Carter has published eleven books and has edited seven books, translations, and catalogues, two music editions, and published many commissioned essays and refereed articles including six that are forthcoming. His standing in the profession is equally distinguished. He served as President of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (2003–2006) and Director-at-Large (elected) of the American Musicological Society (2007–2009). He has also served on numerous editorial and advisory boards.
Carter’s teaching ranged across many subject areas, from music in the Middle Ages to music in the twentieth century, from music history, theory, and analysis to harmony and counterpoint, aural training, and keyboard skills, and from non-major courses to those for majors and graduate students. He has advised thirteen doctoral dissertations.
There are many more accomplishments I can mention. But I’ll conclude with Tim Carter’s profound impact on the education and professional trajectories of his former students and colleagues here at Carolina and beyond. Thank you, Tim, for your intellectual generosity and the high bar you set for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship and teaching.
-Professor David Garcia
Daniel “Dan” Huff, a clinical associate professor who worked as program director of the K-12 bachelor’s in music education program at the School of Education, conductor of the Men’s Glee Club in the Department of Music, and director of choral music camps that he led every year he taught at Carolina, retired in July 2021 after a 32-year career at UNC. The legacy of his mentorship, wisdom, and powerful laugh is seen in the teachers, administrators, and professionals of all disciplines who reflect Dr. Huff’s view of music as an “essential humanity.”
Besides his performances with the UNC Glee Club, he has conducted or adjudicated over 145 state and regional festivals and workshops involving public school students in settings from the Midwest to Southeast, presented 92 choral clinics and another 21 local to national in-service sessions for public school teachers and teacher candidates.
In addition to his consummate musicianship, which transcended genre, Dr. Huff’s students unanimously recall the hours he spent working with students individually to help them find their path as teachers (and as people), and how his optimistic approach to ensuring their success melded with his unshakable belief that music reflects–deeply–who we are.
-Professor Evan Feldman