College Faculty:Vocal ArtsRelated Vocal Arts Studies: Performance Techniques
Cynthia Hoffmann is a member of the voice faculties of Manhattan School of Music, where she also teaches a class in Vocal Performance, and of the Juilliard School, where she served as Chair from 1995 to 2006. She has been an adjunct voice faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music and from 1984 to 1992 directed the Judith Raskin Opera Class at the 92nd Street Y School of Music. Ms. Hoffmann has been a voice faculty member of summer programs including the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy; the Yong Pyong Music Festival in Korea; the Centro Studi Italiani program in Urbania, Italy; the University of Miami School of Music program in Salzburg, Austria; the Amalfi Coast Music Festival; the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria; and the Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, Canada.
A frequent master teacher and panelist for the Voice Foundation’s Symposia on the Care of the Professional Voice, Ms. Hoffmann has presented master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe, as well as judging vocal competitions. She is currently teaching in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Ms. Hoffmann’s students have appeared with major opera houses throughout the world, including the Metropolitan and New York City Operas, and have been winners of Metropolitan National Council auditions and awards; Richard Tucker Foundation study grants; George London and Puccini Foundation grants; Sullivan and Opera Index awards; “The Joy in Singing” award recital; the Marilyn Horne Foundation recital awards; the McAllister Competition; the Placido Domingo “Operalia” Competition; the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera; the Liederkranz Foundation’s General Opera Competition; and the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills award.
Ms. Hoffmann received her academic degrees from the University of Redlands and Columbia University, with professional study at the University of Southern California. Her coaches have included Hugues Cuenod, Judith Raskin, Gerard Souzay, Ralf Gothoni, Robert Evans, Martin Katz, and Margaret Singer. She studied voice with Larra Browning, Daniel Ferro, Oren Brown, Margaret Harshaw, Vera Rozsa, Beverley Peck Johnson, and Margaret Schaper and participated in the professional acting classes of Sanford Meisner and Wynn Handman. Currently in the Alexander Teacher Training program of Joan and Alex Murray, Ms. Hoffmann has studied the Alexander Technique for more than 15 years and considers it of great importance in her work.