M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Arranger, Editor, Conductor, Baritone, Lecturer
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Dr. Hoffman's published works now appear on his Published Works Page.
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Stanley M. Hoffman was born in Cleveland in 1959. He has lived in the greater Boston area since 1977.
Dr. Hoffman is a biographee in Marquis Who's Who in America.
He is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated).
He is mentioned as a notable alumist of the New England Conservatory of Music by thebestschools.org.
Many of his works are in the holdings of The International Archive of Jewish Music located in Southfield, Michigan, Burton A. Zipser, Director.
Dr. Hoffman received degrees in Composition from Brandeis University (Ph.D. 1993), the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. 1984), and The Boston Conservatory (B.M. Cum Laude 1981). His teachers included Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, Martin Boykan, the late Harold Shapero, the late Arthur Berger, Chris Rozť, Larry Alan Smith and the late Hugo Norden.
Dr. Hoffman is always interested in discussing commissions to compose new works. Please e-mail your requests.
Choral, vocal, keyboard, chamber and orchestral compositions published by Ione Press, a division of ECS Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts; chamber work published by Fatrock Ink, Music Publishers, Los Angeles, California; choral composition published by Oxford University Press, New York / London.
Extended tonality and voice leading in "Twelve Songs" Op. 27 by Alexander Zemlinsky (doctoral dissertation paper, Brandeis University, 1993) - available from UMI Dissertation Services (order number 9317084). Click here to view the dissertation abstract.
(Recordings Listed from Most Recent to Oldest)
l'ratson (May the words of my mouth) appears on the CD Psalms
for the King as performed by The Genevans, Geneva
College, Beaver Falls, PA. They also included this title on
their 2014 international tour to Philippines and Malaysia.
Vocalise - music by Sergei Rachmaninoff arranged in 2011 for soprano solo, SATB chorus divisi (ECS Publishing #8050), appears as the first track on the CD Sheer Grace performed by the National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, Conductor. Release date: June 28, 2013.
Meditations and Memories (two alto flutes) is featured on the CD Monologues and Dialogues performed by flautist Peter Sheridan on the Australian label MOVE Records (Catalogue Number: MD 3349). The individual track is available on iTunes.
Yih'yu l'ratson (May the words of my mouth) is featured on the CD God's Songs for the World performed by the adult choir at Christ Episcopal Church, Needham, MA, Dr. Millie Beane, director of music.
Psalm 117 is featured in the 2009 Florida Music Educators Association audio CD of the All-State Chorus.
Psalm 117 is featured in the 2008 Kentucky Music Educators Association audio CD of the All-State Chorus.
Two compilation CDs of my music, sacred and secular, spanning the years 1999-2007, are now available from ECS Publishing.
A Prayer for Chanukah is featured in the 2005 Ohio Music Educators Association Conference audio CD with the Lakota West High School Chorale, Roger W. Stagge, Conductor, performing.
Haneirot halalu (T solo, SATB) is featured in Volume 1 of Teaching Music through Performance in Choir published by GIA. One can also order a set of audio CDs to accompany the book. The performance is by the University of North Texas Chamber Choir, Jerry McCoy, conductor. Click here and then click on "Listen" on the next page to hear their performance. This recording is used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc.
Psalm 117 (SSAA) is featured on the CD Sounds of Peace (2003) performed by the Peace College Chamber Singers, Raleigh, NC, James S. Smith, conductor. Click here to listen to their performance.
Psalm 23 and Psalm 121 (SATB) are featured on the CD Lamentation and Exultation (2003) on the ARSIS Audio Label, Boston, MA. Click here for details.
Audio Broadcast History (from Most Recent to Oldest)
Broadcast - Meditations and Memories - April 16, 2015 on Wisconsin Public Radio - live performance by Peter Sheridan and Danielle Breisach. Click on the link for WPR about to listen to the entire show. This work appears at time index 2:55.
Broadcast - Psalm 23 from the CD Lamentation and Exultation - October 13, 2005, on the Minnesota Public Radio show "The New Releases."
Broadcast - Psalm 121 from the CD Lamentation and Exultation- September 26, 2005, between 3:00-7:00 pm on WFMT, 98.7 FM, Chicago, IL.
Broadcast - Psalm 23 and Psalm 121 from the CD Lamentation and Exultation - September 5, 2004 at 7:18 am on WUOT, 91.9 FM, University of Tennessee's National Public Radio station.
Broadcast - Psalm 23 from the CD Lamentation and Exultation - April 30, 2004, between 9:00 am-12:00 pm on WDIY, 88.1 FM, Bethlehem, PA, Lehigh Valley's National Public Radio station.
Broadcast - String Quartet (1987) - Boston Composers String Quartet - performed live on WGBH Radio, 89.7 FM, Boston, on the program "Chamber Works" - November 16, 1987.
Broadcast - Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - Brandeis University Contemporary Ensemble, David Hoose, conductor - tape recorded broadcast, WCRB Radio, 102.5 (now WGBH 99.5) FM, Waltham/Boston - June 11, 1985.
Awards (from Most Recent to Oldest)
Nature, a setting of the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for SATB chorus and piano composed in 2008, has won a co-first place prize in the 2008-2009 Choral Composition Competition sponsored by The Longfellow Chorus, Charles Kaufmann, director. In addition to a cash award presented to the composer, Nature received its world premiere performances on February 28, 2009 and March 1, 2009, in Portland, Maine. Click here to see a PDF of the score and hear a performance by the Philovox Ensemble.
Anim Zemiros (A Hymn of Glory), an original setting of a traditional Hebrew Shabbat prayer for SATB chorus (divisi) unaccompanied composed in 1985, won a third place prize in the 2008 Choral Composition Competition sponsored by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, conductor. In addition to a cash award that was presented to the composer, Anim Zemiros received its world premiere performance on January 11, 2009, in New York City. Click here and then click on "Listen" on the next page to hear this performance. This recording is used with the kind permission of Harold Rosenbaum. The entire score may be viewed as a PDF.
"Select 20" for July/August 2003 from Creator Magazine for Yih'yu l'ratson (May the words of my mouth). Click here to see a PDF of the score. Click here to listen to a performance of this work sung in Hebrew by the Philovox ensemble, Jennifer Lester, conductor. Click here to listen to their performance of the English version.
Grant Us Peace was chosen as one of the selected works in the Waging Peace Through Singing repertoire (2002). The jury recommended this work and others for performance from 213 entries in Category II (mixed chamber chorus). Click here to see a PDF of the score. Click here to listen to a performance of this work by the Philovox ensemble, Jennifer Lester, conductor.
"Honored 10" for the year 2000 from Creator Magazine for Psalm 67. Click here to listen to a performance of this work by the Philovox ensemble, Jennifer Lester, conductor, Mark Dwyer, organist.
1984-85 Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Award to Student Composers for Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.
Editor (Editions Listed from Most Recent to Oldest)
Currently involved with the long-term project of engraving and editing the complete works of composer Donald Sur for his son, Matthew Sur.
The Daedalus Quartet thanked Dr. Hoffman in the liner notes of the CD George Perle: String Quartets released in 2013. He prepared the sheet music for much of the music on this recording. That sheet music is published by Galaxy Music Corporation, a division of ECS Publishing.
Chief Editor, ECS Publishing (E. C. Schirmer Music Company, Ione Press, Galaxy Music Corporation, Highgate Press), 1998- . Editor for thousands of compositions written by internationally renowned composers (such as the late George Perle, the late Daniel Pinkham and Steven Sametz, and best-selling composers such as Gwyneth Walker and Stephen Chatman) in genres ranging from full operas to solo pieces with a heavy emphasis on choral works.
Editor of Freedom Song by Robert Kyr, and The Digital Wonder Watch by David Evan Thomas, two of the three winners of the Second Prize in the Choral Music Notesetting category in the 2012 Paul Revere Awards for graphic excellence given by the Music Publishers Association.
In the preface to Carl B. Schmidtís book The Story of Randall Thompson's Alleluia Revisited (ECS Publishing, 2010), Mr. Schmidt expressed his gratitude to Dr. Hoffman for the work he did in engraving and editing the musical examples for the book.
Editor of Gabriel's Daughter, published by ECS Publishing, winner of the Second Prize in the Folio (Vocal Scores) category in the 2010 Paul Revere Awards for graphic excellence given by the Music Publishers Association.
Editor of Opera Aria Anthology - Volume IV (Baritone), published by ECS Publishing, winner of the First Prize in the Folio (Vocal Scores) category in the 2004 Paul Revere Awards for graphic excellence given by the Music Publishers Association.
Editor of Shakespeare Madrigals by Gregg Smith, published by ECS Publishing, winner of the First Prize in the Choral Octavo category from in the 2001 Paul Revere Awards for graphic excellence given by the Music Publishers Association.
Chief Editor, Scores International (now defunct), Boston, 1990-1998. Engraving editor for thousands of concert music pieces for numerous major publishers (including Alfred, Augsburg Fortress, Beckenhorst Press, Concordia Publishing House, ECS Publishing, European American Music, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Neil A. Kjos, Theodore Presser, Universal Edition and Warner Brothers), and renowned composers (including Mario Davidovsky, the late Andrew Imbrie, Lorin Maazel, the late George Perle, Gunther Schuller, the late Harold Shapero, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich). In the preface to Gunther Schullerís book The Compleat Conductor (Oxford University Press, 1997), Mr. Schuller expressed his gratitude to Dr. Hoffman for the work he and Scores International did in editing the musical examples for the book. In the Acknowledgements section of The Szymanowski Collection (Universal Edition, 1997), editor David Mattingly thanked Dr. Hoffman for having "...provided inventively elegant notational solutions." Dr. Hoffman was also the engraving editor for many well-known popular music selections including Unforgettable: The Duet, Selections from "Home Alone," and Selections from "Batman Returns." While Chief Editor at Scores International, a number of the publications he edited won first and second place Paul Revere Awards for graphic excellence from the Music Publishers Association.
Conductor, Baritone and Lecturer (Engagements Listed from Most Recent to Oldest)
Founding Conductor - The Temple Israel of Natick Singers, Natick, Massachusetts, 2012-2015.
Conductor, baritone - Congregation Bínai Torah High Holiday Choir, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1997-2003, 2005-2007.
Guest conductor, Zachor Choral Ensemble - Spring 1996-97 - Faneuil Hall, Boston - community-wide Holocaust memorial services.
Conductor - Temple Israel High Holiday Choir, Swampscott, Massachusetts - 1988-96.
Baritone soloist - Metropolitan Wind Symphony - world premiere performance, November 10, 1996 - Kumee Lach, the first of three songs from Dr. Hoffman's piece Selections From The Song Of Songs - Tsai Performance Center, Boston University.
Guest lecturer - October 12, 2001 - Longy School of Music - Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Guest lecturer - July 8, 1996 - Boston University Tanglewood Institute - Lenox, Massachusetts.
Producer - Fall 2003 New Issue Demo CD - ECS Publishing, Boston, with the Philovox Ensemble, Jennifer Lester, director.
- The American Organist
"...the music seems
touched by genuinely personal sentiment."
- The Boston Globe
...worthy of performance by concert choirs..."
- Choir & Organ
"...a beautiful and
accessible addition to the Jewish choral repertory."
- The Choral Journal
"The music shines...
- Creator Magazine
"...the music has a
quiet radiance to it... Very attractive setting!"
- The Diapason
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