Arts and Humanities dean issues statement on death of music Prof. Brad Hufft

Brad Hufft

~ Video: The Musica Viva Quartet perform “Hurricane,” an arrangement for string quartet by Dr. Brad Hufft. Performing are Susan Doering and Daniel Hang on violin, Claudia Shiuh on viola, and Dieter Wulfhorst on cello. 

Services for Dr. Brad Hufft will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the College Community Church, Mennonite Brethren, 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis.Dr. Hufft’s wife, Ellie Choate said, “If people would like to make memorial contributions to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, that would be very fine. Brad loved the Sierras and volunteered several summers doing trail maintenance with them.”

Donations can be made to the Mariposa office of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy:

PO Box 691
5065 Highway 140, Suite G
Mariposa, CA 95338

Or online donations can be made at their website:

Original post: Dr. Saúl Jimenez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, issued the following statement today upon learning of the death of Dr. Brad Hufft, a professor in the Music Department.

The California Highway Patrol reported that Dr. Hufft, who was 59, was found deceased inside his vehicle April 13 near an embankment on Werney Road, north of Road 415 near Coarsegold. The cause of the traffic accident is under investigation. The cause of Dr. Hufft’s death is pending a medical exam by the Madera County Coroner’s Office, according to CHP.

“I had the singular honor of meeting Brad, and he indeed was a special and kind person — dedicated to his students and art,” Jimenez-Sandoval said. “His legacy will live on in the countless students he touched with his love of music, and in his distinct way of interpreting human emotions and the meaning of life through his own musical compositions.”

Dr. Hufft joined the Fresno State faculty in 2004 and was one of the lead developers of Fresno State’s online jazz and rock course.

His wife, Ellie Choate, said Hufft was proud of earning all three of his advanced degrees from Fresno State.

“He was a tireless worker, dedicated to serving his students and colleagues in every endeavor to the best of his ability,” she said. “His love of music was all encompassing; composition was his greatest joy. Only days before his death, he finished a new work for voices and chamber group, employing the poetry of his late father-in- law and former high school English teacher and mentor, Bill Choate. He had also recently completed a Magnificat, ‘Song of Mary.'”

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