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Calvin Hofer

Director of Bands, Professor of Music

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DMA, University of North Texas
MME, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
BA, South Dakota State University


Calvin Hofer, DMA, is the director of bands at Colorado Mesa University, where he conducts the CMU Wind Symphony and teaches Beginning and Advanced Instrumental Conducting.

In 2000, Hofer launched CMU's Best of the West Music Festival, which grew from a one-day event of 40 high school students to a two-day festival with more than 250 participants. Each year this event showcases three bands (and three guest conductors), a guest artist who presents a recital and performs a solo with the CMU Wind Symphony and a composer-in-residence who is commissioned to compose a new band piece. At the festival, Hofer has conducted the world-premiere of works by John Mackey, David Gillingham, Eric Ewazen, Karl Boelter, Jason Nitsch, Julie Giroux, Carolyn Bremer and Jack Stamp. Moreover, CMU's Wind Symphony is a member of consortiums that have commissioned works by Donald Grantham, Julie Giroux, Scott McAllister, Steven Bryant, John de Meij and Michael Gandolfi.

In a 10-year span, Hofer has steered the CMU Department of Music through two accreditations by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), for which he has presented at their annual conference. Hofer serves NASM as an evaluator and has been the secretary and vice-chair of Region 3. In November 2014 he was elected to serve on the NASM Commission on Accreditation. Since he assumed the role of department head in 2001, the number of music majors and full-time faculty has doubled and two degrees have been added. Furthermore, 2012 ushered in several new additions - an instrumental rehearsal hall, a music classroom and six practice rooms - and the creation of the CMU marching band, the Maverick Stampede.

Hofer's numerous initiatives also include CMU's Middle School Music Camp, which he founded and directs annually, and the newly minted Grand Junction "Rockestra", a unique semi-professional ensemble (rock band, singers and orchestra) that performs classic rock and roll in a four-concert season to ever-growing indoor and outdoor audiences. Besides providing a unique musical ensemble to the Grand Valley, Rockestra raises much needed scholarship funds for the CMU Music Department.

Hofer is the former principal trumpet (retired) of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the CMU Faculty Brass Quintet, and is currently the trumpet instructor at Rushmore National Music Camp. He has conducted or adjudicated bands in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Ontario, Canada.


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