Professor of Music, Voice; Director, Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Director, Young Artists Vocal Program | email@example.com | 617.353.8991
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Phyllis Elhady Hoffman is Professor of Music at Boston University, School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Executive and Artistic Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) where, since 1993, she has also served as Director of the Young Artists Vocal Program. At BU, she chaired the Voice Department from 1992 to 1996, served as Director of the School of Music from 1996 to 2001, and as Director of Applied and Performance Studies from 2009 to 2011. In 2004, Professor Hoffman was honored by the College of Fine Arts as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Professor Hoffman earned both the Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Boston University and pursued advanced studies as the recipient of two consecutive fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center, and also studied at the Aspen Music Festival, the Goldovsky Opera Institute and the Robert Shaw Choral/Vocal Institute. Her voice teachers have included William Vennard, Oren Brown and Benita Valente.
Ms. Hoffman has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with Conductor Erich Leinsdorf, the Cantata Singers and Ensemble with John Harbison and at the Meadowbrook Music Festival with Robert Shaw. As a member of Emmanuel Music, she performed as both also soloist and ensemble member under the direction of Craig Smith. Numerous solo appearances in oratorio include performances with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the MIT Choral Society, Chorus Pro Musica, the Masterworks Chorale and the Worcester Festival. She sang the contralto role in the U.S. premiere of Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with Michel Sasson and the Newton Symphony Orchestra. She has also premiered numerous compositions in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Sanders Theatre and at the Boston University.
Professor Hoffman has given master classes for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg, Cornell University, and the New England Conservatory. She has served as and adjudicator numerous competitions and as a consultant for performing arts curricula. Her students have won awards and competitions, gone on to prestigious graduate programs and summer festivals. They perform in major regional and international opera houses and concert halls including the Metropolitan and New York City Opera Companies.
The Alumni of BUTI’s Young Artists Vocal Program are enrolled in the most competitive music schools including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin conservatory, Cincinnati College Conservatory, Shepherd School of Music, Northwestern University School of Music and the School of Music at Boston University. Among them are the 2003, 2006, and 2010 national winners of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. They are or have been on the rosters of prestigious venues such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Central City Opera, the Ravinia Festival, the Chautauqua Young Artists Young Artists Program, Chicago Lyric Opera Young Artists and professionally at the Metropolitan and New York City Opera companies as well as major regional and international opera houses.