Suzuki Voice: Then and Now
by Mary Hofer
Date: July 19, 2012
Mary Hofer has been developing a project incorporating voice instruction and the Suzuki philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Aber Suzuki Center for seventeen years. The program is modeled after the Finnish Suzuki voice program directed by originator Dr. Paivi Kukkamaki. Mrs. Hofer is the first American voice teacher to fulfill the voice requirements for the European Suzuki Association Suzuki Singing Book 1 through Book 4.
Prior to teaching Suzuki voice, Mary taught pre-school through grade eight general music, junior high chorus, and private voice lessons for ten years. A lyric soprano, Mary Hofer has attended seminars led by the eminent vocal pedagogue Oren Brown, and participated in opera workshops at Oglebay Park, WV, and American University, Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.