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Suzuki Voice at the Conference

August 15, 2014, ASJ 42.4
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American Suzuki Journal 42.4

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 42.4. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Mary Hofer

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 twenty six years.
Mrs. Hofer, a presenter at the 1990, 1994, 2010, 2012 and 2014 SAA Conferences, is the first American voice teacher to attain Teacher Trainer Status in America. Prior to teaching Suzuki Voice, Hofer taught pre-school through Grade 8 General Music, Junior High School Chorus, and private voice lessons for ten years. A lyric soprano, Hofer has attended seminars led by the eminent vocal pedagogue Oren Brown, and participated in opera workshops at Oglebay Park, West Virginia, and American University, Washington, DC. She has performed in numerous recitals as a soloist, as well as in collaboration with fellow colleagues.
Hofer, a long time student of Professor Emeritus Marjorie Phelps Gerson-Kampenga, has coached with Jon Spong, Fred Popper, and Richard Crittenten. Hofer holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has attained the Suzuki Association of America’s Level 1 Certificate of Achievement.
Hofer is a member of the International Suzuki Voice Committee and the Suzuki Association of America’s Teacher Development Advisory Committee; she is also Co-District Manager for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and is a member of the National Association of Singing Teachers.

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