Dr. Richard Hofmann is Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches applied trumpet as well as courses in pedagogy.
Dr. Hofmann’s career as a Los Angeles freelance musician features over 25 years of professional experience in jazz, commercial, and classical music. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, South Coast Symphony (featured soloist), and has toured throughout Europe and Asia. As a soloist he gave the West Coast premier of Alfred Reed’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Winds,” and enjoys performing frequent recitals. His work for the recording industry includes the Fox animated series “The Family Guy,” featured trumpet solos for the NBC television show “Mad About You,” and many radio jingles and television commercials. Dr. Hofmann has recorded and performed with a wide variety of jazz and commercial artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Guns N’ Roses, Kevin Eubanks, Lionel Hampton, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Clarke Terry, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Mark Isham, Lee Konitz, Arturo Sandoval, the Temptations, the Drifters, Deniece Williams and Billy Sheehan. Recent releases include bluesman Roy Gaines’s “Tuxedo Blues,” recorded in 2009 at Capital Records, and “Dialmentia,” with the Tim Davies Big Band.
As a longtime student of Claude Gordon and William Vacchiano, Dr. Hofmann teaches time-honored techniques of brass playing in the tradition of Herbert L. Clarke. He has also studied with Boyde Hood, Don Green, Bill Bing, Bobby Shew, and Charlie Shoemake. He is a sought-after lecturer, holding master classes throughout the United States as well as Spain, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining the faculty at California State University, Northridge in 2006, Dr. Hofmann taught for 15 years at La Sierra University. His students have performed worldwide, and also teach at the primary, secondary and university level.
Dr. Hofmann holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, Master of Music from California State University, Northridge (graduating with distinction), and Bachelor of Arts from Duke University (Magna Cum Laude). His ongoing scholarly interests are focused upon analytic explorations of contemporary works for trumpet, including an in-depth exploration of Dana Wilson’ s Masks for trumpet and piano and an interpretive analysis of the improvised solos of jazz trumpet great Woody Shaw. He is a member of the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society).