Calvin Hofer


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2014; term ends November 2017

Calvin Hofer, DMA, is head of the music department and director of bands at Colorado Mesa University (CMU), where he conducts the CMU Wind Symphony and teaches Beginning and Advanced Instrumental Conducting.

In 2000, Professor Hofer launched CMU’s Best of the West Music Festival, which grew from a one-day event of 40 high school students to a two-day festival with more than 250 participants. Each year this event showcases three bands (and three guest conductors), a guest artist who presents a recital and performs a solo with the CMU Wind Symphony and a composer-in-residence who is commissioned to compose a new band piece. At the festival, Hofer has conducted the world-premiere of works by John Mackey, David Gillingham, Eric Ewazen, Karl Boelter, Jason Nitsch, Julie Giroux, Carolyn Bremer and Kimberly Archer. Moreover, CMU’s Wind Symphony is a member of consortiums that have commissioned works by Donald Grantham, Julie Giroux, Scott McAllister, Steven Bryant, John de Meij and Michael Gandolfi.

In a 10-year span, Professor Hofer has steered the CMU Department of Music through two accreditations by NASM. Since he assumed the role of department head in 2001, the number of music majors and full-time faculty has doubled and two degrees have been added. Furthermore, 2012 ushered in several new additions–an instrumental rehearsal hall, a music classroom and six practice rooms–and the creation of the CMU marching band, the Maverick Stampede.

Professor Hofer’s numerous initiatives also include CMU’s Middle School Music Camp, which he founded and directs annually, and the newly minted Grand Junction “Rockestra,” a unique semi-professional ensemble (rock band, singers, and orchestra) that performs classic rock and roll in a four-concert season to ever-growing indoor and outdoor audiences. Rockestra concerts complement the longstanding Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and help raise critical funds for both the GJSO and CMU’s music department.

Hofer is the former principal trumpet (retired) of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the CMU Faculty Brass Quintet, and is currently the trumpet instructor at Rushmore National Music Camp. He has conducted or adjudicated bands in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Iowa.

Professor Hofer currently serves as an NASM evaluator, has served as Secretary and Vice Chair of Region 3, and has presented at several Annual Meetings.
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Updated August 2016