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Contributed by Jenny Stockdale on 03/17/2013
School of Music faculty Richard Faria and Heidi Hoffman were invited by the Governor's School for the Arts, one of the most select arts magnet schools in Virginia, to give several masterclasses, a concert, and coaching to students of the school's Technology Orchestra on March 8, 9, and 10.
The Governor’s School for the Arts is a center for innovation that develops excellence, nurtures creativity, inspires artistic vision and builds communities with a passion for the arts. The GSA Orchestra--performing internationally in Scotland, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Canada and England--presents three major concerts each year, modeling its programming after the traditions of the world's finest orchestras while staying ahead of the ever-evolving ways that orchestras can serve their loyal community of listeners.
An accomplished cellist and professor of Performance Studies at IC, Hoffman has toured the United States, South America, Europe, and Japan, with such groups as the American Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, and Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with such diverse ensembles as the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant, and Heart. She has served as Lecturer in Chamber Music and cello performance at Wells College and Cornell University. Heidi has been a member of the Syracuse Symphony since 1995 and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago since 1998.