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Artistic Director

Shulamit Hoffmann

Shulamit Hoffmann founded Viva la Musica in 2001 and has since served as the organization’s artistic and executive director. She recently earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on choral performance and adult learning. Her dissertation is entitled Expression in Live Choral Performance: Meanings, Modalities, Processes, Synergies.
Dr. Hoffmann made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2009. Previously, she was a recording artist for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
She has taught at the College of San Mateo since 2002, and at Idaho State University, Brigham Young University Extension, University of Cape Town, and the University of Witwatersrand. She is gratified that several of her former students are now college professors of music.
She has received Congressional Recognition Awards for service to her community (2013 and 2002), and her biography is entered into the Congressional Record of the United States. She was the Foster City honoree for the San Mateo County Mayors’ Diversity Award in 2013.
Named Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University, she is the recipient of scholarships from Columbia University, San Jose State University, University of South Africa, and national scholarships from her native South Africa.
She holds degrees in choral conducting, piano performance, general music, and English literature, and licentiate teaching diplomas from the Royal Schools of Music, London, and from the University of South Africa.
She has served as program chair and as president for local chapters of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the California Music Teachers’ Association.
Dr. Hoffmann is particularly proud of Viva la Musica’s history of performances of major works for choir and orchestra, from Bach and Beethoven to Britten, Bernstein, and beyond, and especially its twinned focus on traditional repertoire and the music of living composers.





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San Mateo County 2013 Diversity Celebration Awards
Shulamit Hoffmann, Foster City Honoree

The Circle of Diversity Awards recognize individuals making an impact in the community from a range of sectors including business, acaedemic, government, and nonprofit. The awards are given for promoting diversity. Shulamit is shown with Foster City Mayor Pam Frisella and Councilman Steve Okamoto at the Award Ceremony held Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City. Viva patron Peggy O'Neill and Vivans were in the audience to celebrate the honor.

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