Conductor Dr. Rick Hoffenberg of Marywood University has been named interim music director of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, announced John Vaida, chairman of the fine and performing arts department at Wyoming Seminary.
Hoffenberg succeeds Yoon Jae Lee of New York City who had served as music director since 2010.
Because of his experience in working with high school and college musicians and his noteworthy career as a teacher, conductor, pianist and coach, Hoffenberg is well suited to carrying on the orchestra’s mission of providing outstanding musical performances to audiences in the Wyoming Valley and beyond, said Vaida.
“The depth of talent, enthusiasm and experience Rick Hoffenberg brings to our orchestra will surely complement our many talented musicians as well as delight and entertain our audiences,” he said.
Hoffenberg, associate professor, director of choral activities and coordinator of vocal and keyboard studies at Marywood University, holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master of music degree from Westminster Choir College, and a master of arts and doctorate in music from Yale University.
Prior to joining Marywood University, he held positions at the University of Northern Iowa where he directed three choirs and taught courses in conducting and repertoire, and Williams College, where he served as visiting director of choral and vocal activities. In 2005 he completed his doctoral residency at Yale University, where he served as principal assistant conductor of Yale Camerata and assistant conductor of Simon Carrington’s Schola Cantorum.
Hoffenberg has spent the past 15 summers at Chautauqua Opera where he is a pianist, coach and assistant conductor on the music staff. He has also worked in various capacities for New York City Opera, BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal, Columbia Artists Management, the Milken Archive and Spoleto Festival USA. As a pianist he has performed in Chicago, New York City and Princeton, N.J. He was the state winner, division winner and national finalist in the 1994 MTNA Wurlitzer Piano Competition.
The 65-member Civic Orchestra, founded by area conductor Jerome Campbell in 1999, includes professional musicians, music teachers, music majors from nearby colleges and universities, talented adult amateurs, gifted high school performers from Seminary and area schools; an array of ages, talent and training with a shared love of music. The Civic Symphony is under the sponsorship of Wyoming Seminary and the Performing Arts Institute, an international program for young musicians of exceptional ability.