Pianist/composer Ellen Hoffman's musical interests and accomplishments range from jazz to classical, Broadway to gospel, popular, ragtime, and everything in-between. She plays piano with several symphony orchestras, leads a jazz combo, is a composer, songwriter and vocal coach, directs a 75-voice community chorus and a 15-member chamber orchestra. As accompanist with the Oakland Youth Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, she has also performed at music festivals all over the country, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, and the White House in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Hoffman is Music Director of the Berkeley Broadway Singers, a 75-member chorus, and is on the faculty at Contra Costa College, where she directs the chamber orchestra. She is now in her fourth year as director of the Jazz Singers Open Mike at Anna's Bistro in Berkeley. Long-time accompanist with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as well as the Oakland Youth Chorus, and pianist with several Bay Area orchestras, she has also performed with jazz, classical and popular artists. These include Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, opera singer Frederica Von Stade, Chris Connor, Pharoah Sanders, Diane Schurr, Francine Lancaster, Marlena Shaw, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Bobby McFerrin, Linda Tillery, Pete Escovedo, Jon Hendricks, and Ed Kelly, as well as with internationally known ensembles such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra.