About Lee Hoffman
Founding Artistic Director, All Voices Choral Project
"When all the world's together sweetly singing, there won't be any voices crying war."
Lyrics from "Sweet Marilla," song on Lee's 1997 original music CD FROM THE SOUL. The song was inspired by Marilla Sweet, educator, activist for peace and justice, and Lee's dear friend - "friend to countless people everywhere."
Lee has loved singing in harmony with others since childhood when her family sang together in church and in nursing homes. A lyric soprano, her professional performance career highlights include Frauenliebe und -Leben with pianist Michael Chertock to open a Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra program of Schumann orchestral works; Ancient Voices of Children - the composer George Crumb in residence - at the University of Dayton Festival of New Music; Schubert's Mass in G with the Bach Society of Dayton; Brahms' only song cycle, Die schöne Magelone, with pianist Phillip Farris; faculty artist recitals with pianist Jennifer Cruz such as Songs of the Unguarded Soul (including Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder), Let All My Life Be Music (a lecture recital on the music and life of composer Betty Jackson King), Beautiful Evening: A Lieder Recital, and especially Freedom Bells: A recital of art songs and spirituals composed, arranged, and inspired by African Americans, and dedicated to the Living underground railroad, a recital Lee brought to Kentucky, Alabama, and Sacramento.
In addition to her substantial achievements as a performer of solo recital and chamber music, Lee has extensive experience as a choral singer in university, community, and semi-professional choral ensembles such as the San Jose State University Concert Choir and Choraliers (Charlene Archibeque, conductor), Cathedral Choir at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis (William "Pat" Partridge, conductor), the St. Louis Chamber Chorus (Philip Barnes, conductor), the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (Donald Kendrick, conductor).
A highly respected teacher of singing, many of her voice students are winners of Ohio's Buckeye Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions; many of her students have been hired to sing in regional opera choruses, have earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, are themselves teachers of voice, church music directors, high school choir directors, licensed Music Therapists.
Hoffman has served as Voice Performance Coordinator and Director of Opera Workshop at the University of Dayton in Ohio, where she produced The Tragic Gap*, TalkOpera!*, LoveFactor*, Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore, Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, and The Conquest of Fear*. At the University of Dayton, she also served the Theatre Department as vocal music director, preparing the casts of Baby, City of Angels, Guys & Dolls, Into the Woods, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Jesus Christ Superstar. At Central State University, the only public HBCU (Historically Black College & University) in Ohio, she also helped to prepare the Central State University Chorus for its role in Dayton Opera's production of Porgy & Bess. As Coordinator of the Title III Grant to Strengthen the Academic Program by Enhancing the Theatre Arts Program at Central State University, she produced Ain't Got No Shame*, Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, Small's The Wiz, and Waller's Ain't Misbehavin.'
*These productions are collaborations between the professional production team and student cast to design and implement theatrical performances based on an original storyline or theme, and to develop characters and character relationships using improvised and scripted dialogue and musical material from a various existing sources and genres.
Since 2014, she has served as Director of Choirs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, and she teaches applied voice and other music coursesat Sierra College in Rocklin. Her expertise in developing voices yields a vibrant, expressive choral sound. A seasoned and versatile musician and artist, Hoffman brings attention to detail, stylistic sensibility, and imaginative spontaneity to musical programming, interpretation, and performance. Every rehearsal is a rich time of quality learning, creativity, and connection where "the space is safe enough for the soul to show up." (paraphrased from Parker J. Palmer's "A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life.")
Lee Hoffman has completed all doctoral coursework, including the Pedagogy cognate, a doctoral lecture recital and a chronological doctoral recital, and passed the doctoral qualifying exam in Music Theory for the Doctoral program in Voice Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in Education, Counseling degree from the University of Dayton, a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento.
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