Pamela Elrod Huffman


Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities




Pamela Elrod Huffman’s conducting career spans all levels – from elementary and secondary schools to university, symphonic and church choirs – and has included positions in Texas, New York, Illinois and Georgia. Since 2007, Dr. Huffman has served as the director of choral activities at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she oversees the M.M. Choral Conducting program and directs the University’s choral ensembles.

An accomplished vocalist, Huffman sang with the late Robert Shaw from 1988 until 1999, performing and recording with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Robert Shaw Choral Institutes, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus.  In 2003, she joined the Grammy Award-winning professional choral ensemble, Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson.  She retired from that ensemble in 2018.

Huffman regularly serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. She is also a sought-after workshop clinician, particularly in the area of the choral techniques of Robert Shaw. Her articles on Shaw’s warm-ups and rehearsal techniques can be found on the website dedicated to the late maestro –

Huffman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from The University of Texas at Austin and a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of TCDA, TMEA, ACDA, NCCO and Pi Kappa Lambda.


D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, University of Illinois, 2001
M.M. in Choral Conducting, University of Texas at Austin, 1982
B.M. in Music Education, University of Texas at Austin, 1979

Recent Work


Hull House Music School; Eleanor Smith (composer, music educator); Chicago choral music, 19th and early 20th centuries; Robert Shaw rehearsal techniques


Essential Building Blocks: The Rehearsal Techniques of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-ups of Robert Shaw

Eleanor Sophia Smith (Women Building Chicago; Indiana University Press)

Professional Experience

Over 30 years of conducting and teaching experience at all academic levels; professional singer

Course list

Meadows Chorale  
Meadows Concert Choir  
Graduate choral conducting  
Graduate choral literature  
Graduate choral techniques  
Pamela Elrod Huffman