Natalie Hoffmann is a professional harpist and harp teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the Professor of Harp at the University of Ottawa, the harp ensemble coach for the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, and has a thriving private harp studio. Natalie is quickly becoming recognized for her innovative and creative style of teaching music to children. She believes in creating a learning environment that is fun, engaging and collaborative. Her students receive private weekly instruction, as well as ample opportunities to work and play with fellow harpists. In just two years of teaching, her students have been recognized provincially. Recent accomplishments from her students include: Winner of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy’s Concerto Competition, First Place in the Provincial Division of the Kiwanis Music Festival, and Distinguished Honours in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.
In addition to her teaching engagements, Natalie is a frequent performer around Ottawa. She maintains a regular gigging career, and periodically collaborates with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Natalie has recently kick-started her Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) recording project. Over the next many years, she will be learning and video recording every piece in the RCM harp curriculum, Grade 2 through ARCT. Videos are posted to Natalie’s social media pages every Friday, and are accessible to harp students and teachers through her YouTube channel.
Natalie earned a performance diploma and bachelor of music degree in harp performance at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of world-renowned harpist Judy Loman. She then pursued a Master’s degree in harp under the guidance of the legendary Susann McDonald at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. After completing her graduate degree, Natalie followed her passion for teaching by earning a degree in education, with a focus on at-risk youth, from Queen’s University.
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