Award-winning Boston flutist and educator Alison Hoffman (she/her) graduated with her Master’s in Flute Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, studying with New York City Opera principal flutist, Janet Arms. A native of Newark, Delaware, Alison completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware where she studied Music Education with a concentration in flute, studying with Eileen Grycky of Opera Philadelphia and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.


In 2021, Alison performed a virtual recital for The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's Second Saturday's series for Women's History month, including works by composers Katherine Hoover, Alice Jones, and Rhonda Larson. Last December, Alison performed in a holiday recital, A Flute and Trombone Holiday Production, with Boston bass trombonist, Alek Mansouri. The duo arranged a variety of music for their unique instrument pairing and donated a portion of their earnings to Boston organization, Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

In the spring of 2018, Alison performed Malcolm Arnold’s Flute Concerto No. 1 with the Newark Symphony Orchestra as the winner of a regional collegiate concerto competition. In 2017, Ms. Hoffman won the Murray Panitz Memorial Competition of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia and performed Olivier Messiaen’s “Le Merle Noir” on a winner's recital at the FSGP Flute Fair. Ms. Hoffman has performed in flute and piccolo masterclasses with Elizabeth Rowe, Jeffrey Khaner, Amy Porter, Katherine Hoover, Sarah Jackson, and Lois Herbine.

Alison has years of experience teaching private flute students from ages 6 to 75. She is comfortable with all ages and ability levels, ranging from first-time players to undergraduate flute majors. During her undergraduate studies as a Music Education major, she did her student teaching in elementary, middle, and high school music, primarily working with bands and specializing in woodwind sectionals. Ms. Hoffman’s full-time student teaching placements were at a high school in Bel Air, Maryland, and six elementary schools in Northern Delaware. Meanwhile, she kept a private flute studio throughout her studies in Delaware. As a graduate student at the Hartt School, Alison co-directed the Stratosphere Flute Choir and mentored undergraduate students in her flute studio. Outside of Hartt, she was also a clinician at Northwestern High School in Winsted, Connecticut, leading flute sectionals for their bands. Alison taught flute and piano lessons at Beller’s Music in Manchester, Connecticut, and currently teaches virtual private lessons to students across the USA from her home in Boston.

Alison recently published the Intermediate Flute Scale Book, a book of scales for flutists ranging from 6th to 12th grade as well as adult amateurs and woodwind doublers. The book carefully bridges the gap between simple scale sheets and advanced scale books that many students aren’t ready for.

An avid mental health advocate, Alison was featured as a guest writer on the Sound Mind Musician blog where she detailed her experiences as both a student and teacher in the classical music world and offers insight into what aspects of our culture need to change in order to create a healthier world for musicians and students.


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