Christopher Van Hof
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chris Van Hof is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University, and recent Host of the 2019 International Trombone Festival. An S. E. Shires Performing Artist, he is a regular extra/substitute performer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz and commercial ensembles in the Indianapolis metro area. Chris is an experienced performer in multiple styles, having spent time equally as a symphonic player with the orchestras of Kalamazoo (MI), Rochester (NY), Madison (WI), Fort Collins (CO), and Cheyenne (WY); and as a section member of commercial horn sections, jazz big bands and the trombone funk band the PoBoys Brass Band (2007-2011). Along with bass trombonist EvanConroy, he performs in the duo Make More Noise, which gave four world premieres in 2018 at the American Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival. Chris has also been an invited artist/faculty member at La Escuela de Música Sinfónica de Pérez Zeledon in Costa Rica (2019), Rekkenze Brass Week in Bavaria (2018) and the Taller de Trombones Panamá (2017).
This year academic year (2019-2020), Chris looks forward to a number of projects: releasing his debut brass quintet album "Danzón" with Emerald Brass, executing a five-day residency at the Eastman School of Music, performing on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM's "Backstage Pass," and joining New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joe Alessi on Johan De Meij's "Two-Bone Concerto" with the Ball State University Wind Symphony.
With over ten years of experience in higher education Chris has a deep background in teaching and is passionate about his work at Ball State. He trains his students to be adept at all styles of music on the trombone, to establish clear career objectives, to explore entrepreneurial and alternative paths of employment in the arts, and to focus on a strong process to accomplish all those goals. He has presented clinics for the Indiana All-State Orchestra, Colorado Music Educators Association Conference, and BIGXII Trombone Conference, he is a regular clinician and coach in high school music programs nationally and internationally, and he promotes a keen attention to teaching style and ability among his students at BSU. He previously taught at Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Nazareth College. Chris studied with Mark Hetzler for his Doctorate (UW-Madison, DMA), Mark Kellogg for his Master’s (Eastman School of Music, MM), and Steve Wolfinbarger for his Bachelor’s (Western Michigan University, BM Music Education). He lives in Muncie with his wife Andrea and their two sons, Dexter and Fritz.
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