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Shulamit Hoffmann is founder and artistic director of Viva la Musica and an adjunct faculty member of the College of San Mateo. Ms. Hoffmann, currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, holds a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting (San José State University), a Master of Music in Piano Performance (Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR), a Bachelor of Music (University of Witwatersrand), Teacher's Licentiate Diploma in Music (University of South Africa), and a Licentiate Diploma in Music (Royal Schools of Music, London). She has received several national awards from her native South Africa including the University of South Africa overseas scholarship, two consecutive Cape Tercentenary Foundation awards for musical excellence, and a scholarship from the University of Witwatersrand. She was named Outstanding Graduate of the Year in the School of Music and Dance, San José State University. In 2002 she was honored with a U.S. Congressional Award for her musical contributions to her community and in 2007 her professional biography was entered into the Congressional Record of the United States of America by then Congressman Tom Lantos. Her teachers include Dr. Charlene Archibeque (conductor of the award-winning San José State University Choraliers), Dr. David Rohrbaugh (Opera San José), Lamar Crowson (Melos Ensemble, London), and Dr. Adolph Hallis. She is passionate about choral-orchestral repertoire. She has recently conducted: Vivaldi Magnificat; Vivaldi Gloria; Pachelbel Magnificat; Buxtehude Magnificat; Charpentier Te Deum; Handel Messiah; Pergolesi Stabat Mater; Mozart Magnificat; Mozart Coronation Mass; Mozart Requiem; Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn Mass in Time of War; Ariel Ramirez Misa Criolla; Robert Ray Gospel Magnificat; John Rutter Mass of the Children, Kirk Mecham Seven Joys of Christmas, Daniel Pinkham Christmas Cantata, and Gustav Holst Christmas Day. Ms Hoffmann's eclectic performances span repertoire from the Renaissance to Prepared Piano, to multi-cultural world music. Her multi-media presentations of art, music, and poetry include French Impressionism in Art, Music, and Poetry; Mozart in Multi-Media; Baroque Splendor; Out of the Shadows-Women Artists, Composers, Poets, and collaborations with symphony orchestra in Charles Griffes The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan and Beethoven's Egmont Overture. Ms. Hoffmann has served as president of branches of the Music Teachers' Association of California and of the National Federation of Music Clubs. She is a frequent competition judge and guest clinician. Professional affiliations include American Choral Directors' Association, Chorus America, College Music Society, MENC, and Music Teachers' Association of California. She was honored to be invited to guest conduct at Carnegie Hall in June 2009.

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