As soon as she moved to Ottawa, Natalie Hoffmann set about establishing her career as a harp instructor and performer in Ontario. She works in a large harp studio, where she helps her students prepare for Royal Conservatory exams and for provincial and national competitions. In September, Natalie joined the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy as the harp instructor and coach for a number of harp ensemble groups. She frequently performs, and recently debuted with the Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa.
Under the tutelage of world-renowned harpist Judy Loman, Natalie earned a performance diploma and bachelor of music degree in harp performance at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. She then pursued a master’s degree in music under the guidance of the legendary Susann McDonald at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. During her studies there, Natalie was associate instructor in the harp department. In this position, she gained valuable experience in teaching harp to students whose skill levels ranged beginner to graduate level. After completing her graduate degree, Natalie decided to follow up on her passion for teaching by earning a degree in education, with a focus on at-risk youth, from Queen’s University.
Natalie is honoured to join the School of Music’s faculty as professor of harp. She looks forward to further developing the harp program and to collaborating with the many wonderful musicians currently attending University of Ottawa’s School of Music.