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Interim director of Lake Junaluska Singers hired

Lake Junaluska has announced new leadership of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been part of Lake Junaluska’s history for more than 60 years. Mary Wannamaker Huff began as the interim director of the Lake Junaluska Singers on Jan. 1.

Huff lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew Henderson, and two sons, but she also owns a home at Lake Junaluska. Huff graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1999 and received a Master of Music degree in 2001 from Yale University. She furthered her post-graduate studies in music education at Westminster Choir College, specializing in the training of children’s choirs.

“Lake Junaluska has always valued excellence in sacred music: in choral music and organ music, and by supporting young people singing. These are the very things that I have built my career around and what I love the most,” said Huff. 

As Huff assumes her duties as interim director, Kathy McNeil joins her as the associate director of the Lake Junaluska Singers. McNeil received a Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She also is the organist and choir director at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. 

The Lake Junaluska Singers were formed in 1954, and their legacy includes national and international performances for conferences, dignitaries and major events. Their music ranges from classical choral and contemporary works to gospel, folk, traditional hymns and musical theater styles. 

Details about the Lake Junaluska Singers 2017 concert series can be found at