Leah N. Hoffman

Violin, Viola Teacher

Leah Hoffman

SAA Member


Seattle, WA
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Leah teaches in her home studio in Pinehurst (NE Seattle). She has been a dedicated and passionate teacher for over 15 years. She was on faculty at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle from 2006-2021. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and has completed teaching training courses with Cathy Lee, Edmund Sprunger, Allen Lieb, Joseph Kaminsky, and Joanne Melvin. A life-long learner, she loves taking continuing education courses every summer. She was a violin and viola coach for Marrowstone in the City (now SYSO Summer Music) for thirteen years and coached viola sectionals for the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Debut and Junior Symphonies from 2006-2011. Leah is a member of NOCCO (North Corner Chamber Orchestra) and enjoys performing chamber music with colleagues. She is a former member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach, Florida. Leah earned her Master’s degree in viola performance from Rice University and her Bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers include Heidi Castleman, Mark Jackobs, Victoria Chiang, and Wayne Brooks. She has studied chamber music with the Cavani Quartet, members of the Cleveland Quartet, and Anne Epperson. Outside of teaching, she enjoys nordic skiing, ballroom dancing, camping, cooking, trying new restaurants, and reading on her Kindle.