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Laura Hoffman: Biography

Laura Hoffman
1948 -
Region: Atlantic

Laura Hoffman

Laura Ricketts Hoffman was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. She received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Radford University in Radford, Virginia and the DMA in Composition from the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, where she studied with Don Freund. In 1990 Dr. Hoffman moved from to Halifax, Nova Scotia; becoming a Canadian Citizen in 2005. She has been an active member of the arts community as composer, teacher and arts administrator.

Dr. Hoffman's music has been performed in Canada, the United States and Australia. While living in Halifax, she received commissions from Upstream, Dalhousie University, and CBC radio and the Aeolian Singers. With influences ranging from a love of Bartók's music to a childhood spent listening to Spike Jones, her music is eclectic and wide ranging.

A founding member of the Memphis Composers' Alliance, Inc., Dr. Hoffman served as its President and Secretary. She has been an active member of the Southeastern Composers' League and Secretary of the Atlantic Canadian Composers' Association. She has served as a member of the Executive of the Canadian League of Composers, and is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc.

Dr. Hoffman is currently living in Charlottesville, Virginia.