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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC NAMES DR. BETSEY HOFELDT AS JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR

Violinist in Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra replaces Karen Young, who retires after 10 years


Dayton, Ohio (April 25, 2008) –The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra today announced that Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, a member of the first violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988, will replace Karen Young as Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra. Young has been conductor of the JSO since 1998.

Dr. Hofeldt brings a wide variety of teaching and performing experiences, to her new position as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra. She is committed to continuing the excellent Junior String Orchestra tradition of strong music education and quality performances.

Dr. Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1978 and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1980 under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2000, where her principal teachers were Naoko Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. Shirley Givens at the Aspen Music Festival is also one of her principal teachers.

Her chamber music teachers include the LaSalle Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet, James Tocco, Sandra Rivers at the Cincinnati Conservatory, Gabriel Magyar and Anne Epperson at the University of Illinois, Bernhard Goldschmidt and Richard Weiss (Cleveland Orchestra) at the Blossom Festival, and the Audubon String Quartet and Mark Johnson at the Audubon Seminar.
Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the first violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the Dayton Philharmonic, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony (1987-1988), the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (1985-1987), the Toledo Symphony (1982-1985), and the Omaha Symphony (1981-1982).  

She is a member of the Hofeldt Phillips Piano Trio, which formed in 1991. She performs with her husband, Mark, who is a cellist in the DPO, and Stephen Phillips, a pianist colleague whom she met in grad school at the Cincinnati Conservatory. The group plays much of the major piano trio repertoire and has given yearly recitals throughout the Miami Valley at the Dayton Art Institute; the University of Dayton; Miami University; Earlham College; the Music on the Avenue series in Covington, KY; Wright State University; and at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Chamber Palooza.

Dr. Hofeldt has performed at the Aspen Music Festival (1980, 1991), the Ash Lawn Opera (1988), the Audubon Chamber Music Seminar (1986), the Blossom Chamber Music Festival (1985), the  Cleveland Lyric Opera (1986-1987), and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder (1983).

She is an active chamber musician throughout the Miami Valley, having performed at Earlham College, Miami University, the University of Dayton, and the Dayton Art Institute.

Dr. Hofeldt has always had an abiding interest in teaching violin and coaching chamber music. Her doctoral dissertation dissected the first of Suzuki's Violin Method Books and analyzed its technical elements. It was a labor of love, since Dr. Hofeldt loves analyzing musical and technical problems, finding a way to explain them to children, and then unlocking a door to help them express themselves better musically.

Her teaching, chamber coaching, and conducting experience includes Oakwood Schools, 5th through 12th grades (2001 to present), Stivers School for the Arts (2002-2005), Miami Valley Academy (1994-1996), Earlham College (1994-1996), Cincinnati Conservatory as teaching assistant to Dr. Yim (1991-1993), Omaha Public Schools (1981-1982), and Northfield, MN Public Schools summer string programs (1978-1979).

Dr. Hofeldt is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association.

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About The Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra was established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grade 6-12. The Junior String Orchestra is comprised of 51 students representing 22 different schools from the greater Dayton area.

Students in the Junior String Orchestra will perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing Winter and Spring concerts, the Junior String Orchestra often performs additional concerts throughout at the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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