About Lee Hoffman

Since 1988, soprano Lee Hoffman has worked with college and community singers to develop and express themselves skillfully, freely, and confidently. Valued for her expertise as a facilitator of developmental process, Lee has a special ability to deeply listen, and to connect students with their own insight and wisdom. She believes that the teacher-student relationship provides a core foundation for developing a fuller and freer sense of self.

Lee has taught voice at several universities including Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky
University in Highland Heights, Kentucky; Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio; University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Curriculum Vitae

Performance Career Highlights:

  • Frauenliebe und -Leben with pianist Michael Chertock to open a program of Schumann orchestral works performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Ancient Voices of Children - the composer George Crumb present for rehearsal and performance 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

  • Recitals with pianist Jennifer Cruz:
    • Songs of the Unguarded Soul

    • Let All My Life Be Music

    • What Songs May Come

    • This Little Light

    • Beautiful Evening: A Lieder Recital

    • Freedom Bells: A recital of art songs and spirituals composed, arranged, and inspired by African Americans, and dedicated to the Living underground railroad

Lee is Director of Choirs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, where she conducts the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir, and is pianist for the Praise Band. She holds the rank of Associate Professor, and the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, the Master of Science degree in Education in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento. She has completed all doctoral coursework in Voice Performance (Pedagogy Cognate) at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She is a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

Lee says, "For me, teaching is a calling that requires complete commitment to student well-being, mutual learning, and excellence. Teaching voice allows me to meet fellow human beings where they are, find out where they want to go, help them gain access to as many options as possible, and accompany them on their journey. At its best, it is a mutually transformative act to share in that process. I derive wholehearted joy in my work with students as we develop the bond of trust necessary for learning, and as they build confidence and achieve academic, artistic, and personal success. I love working with students of varying backgrounds, abilities, needs, and goals. And I am effective in teaching a wide range of vocal repertoire styles and languages.
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Many of Lee's voice students are among the winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions; some are selected for professional engagement in regional opera choruses; several have earned or will soon be working toward Master of Music degrees in voice performance; a number are themselves teachers of voice, church music directors, high school choir directors, music therapists; one of her former students from Northern Kentucky University held the lead role in the Broadway touring cast of Beauty and the Beast; Lee's students have successfully participated in programs such as the University of Miami Summer Program at Salzburg College in Austria, and Teaching Men to Sing Workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington.


In addition to her music degrees, Lee's Master of Science in Education, Counseling degree is progressively relevant in the student-centered field of applied teaching. For example, she presented a peer-reviewed paper poster at the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference entitled “The Power of Me and You: Maximizing the Benefits of the Teacher-Student Relationship.”