Office: College Park Center 219 Bryan Campus
B.A. Music (Voice), University of Northern Iowa
M.M. Vocal Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University
Member, Pi Kappa Lambda (honorary Music Fraternity)
Chris Hoffman is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and received his Master’s Degree with Honors in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He currently resides in College Station where he teaches voice and piano. He also teaches Music Appreciation at Blinn College (Bryan campus) and is the Director of the college's new Choral Department.
As a tenor, Mr. Hoffman has performed several operatic roles in Iowa, Florida and Texas, including: Ruggero ("La Rondine" - Puccini), Faust ("Faust" - Gounod), Alfredo ("La Traviata" - Verdi), Count Almaviva ("Il Barbiere di Siviglia" - Rossini), Don Basilio ("Le Nozze do Figaro" - Mozart), Mr. Splinters ("The Tender Land" – Copand), Panatellas and First Notary ("La Périchole" - Offenbach), and Dr. Blind ("Die Fledermaus" - Strauss). Additionally, he was accepted in the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Young Artist Program, singing in the chorus of Verdi’s "Otello" (with Metropolitan singer Allan Glassman in the title role) and performed in a Scenes and Arias Recital (Young Artists only). Mr. Hoffman’s oratorio experience extends to solo performances in Orff's "Carmina Burana," Honegger's "King David," Handel’s "Messiah," Bach’s "Magnificat," Mozart's "Coronation Mass," Berlioz’s "L’Enfance du Christ" and Rutter's "Psalmfest." He has also been a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. His musical travels have taken him overseas, where he has performed in England, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Italy. Highlights include performances of Mozart’s "Mass in C Minor" in London and Vienna.
Also a pianist, Mr. Hoffman has served as the accompanist for the Women’s Chorus and Chamber Winds ensembles at SFA, and is currently the accompanist for the Brazos Valley Chorale. He has also served as the accompanist for the Century Singers and Women's Chorus ensembles at Texas A&M University. He has lent his expertise as a vocal coach for numerous Scenes and Arias Recitals and as a rehearsal accompanist for other staged productions.
In addition to his skills as a vocalist and pianist, Mr. Hoffman is active as a choral conductor, where he currently is the Director of Music Ministries at Friends Congregational Church in College Station. He has been a member of the American Choral Directors Association and is currently a member of the honorary music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda.