Rice University, Shepherd School of Music - M.M.
Manhattan School of Music - B.M.
As an active performer and lifelong student, hornist Liana Hoffman is dedicated to furthering herself and the overall community through music. She believes that studying a musical instrument, no matter the level, should be a wholly positive experience that not only carries immense social, emotional, intellectual benefits, but is also FUN!
Liana is currently the Fourth Horn of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. She earned the position in 2021 while still in pursuit of her master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with William VerMeulen. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of Michelle Baker, where she recently performed as a soloist with the MSM Symphony Orchestra after being named the winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition her senior year. Hoffman has performed as a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. She has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and was principal horn of the New York String Orchestra Seminar where she performed to sold out audiences at Carnegie Hall.
A native of South Florida, Liana first gained teaching experience as an instructor for local middle and high school horn sections and at various band camps, while also maintaining several private students. Her passion for teaching carried into her time in New York City where also acted as a section coach with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Orchestras and in both NYC and Houston, performed many educational/outreach programs at public schools, and retirement homes. She has maintained her online teaching studio since 2020 and is thrilled to continue sharing her knowledge and experience with her students!