About the Composer
Stanley M. Hoffman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1959. He has lived in the greater Boston area since 1977. He received degrees in Composition from Brandeis University (PhD 1993), The New England Conservatory of Music (MM 1984), and the Boston Conservatory (BM 1981).
His compositions and arrangements are published by ECS Publishing Group, Fatrock Ink, Oxford University Press, and are distributed by Sheet Music Plus and oySongs.
Senior Editor at ECS Publishing Group from 1998–2021, Dr. Hoffman was laid-off because of the economic toll caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also works as a conductor, arranger, vocalist, lecturer, documentary film consultant, and writer.
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who publications, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of its 1.5 million biographees.
Nature, a setting of the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for SATB chorus and piano composed in 2008, 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.
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.
"Select 20" for July/August 2003 from Creator Magazine for Yih'yu l'ratson (May the words of my mouth).
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).
"Honored 10" for the year 2000 from Creator Magazine for Psalm 67.
1984-85 Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Award to Student Composers for Thirteen Ways of Looking
at a Blackbird.
Biographical Entry in Grove Online (Oxford)
June 24, 2021: the biographical entry about Dr. Hoffman written by Byron Adams was published in Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Online by Oxford University Press.