Betsey Hofeldt conducts the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings and is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to joining the orchestra, she performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College, Master of Music degree in violin from University of Illinois, and D.M.A. in violin performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Hofeldt’s doctoral dissertation was a detailed analysis of the Suzuki violin method books, focusing on technical elements. Her teachers have included Paul Rolland, Sergiu Luca, Naoko Tanaka, and Won Bin Yim. Chamber music is a vital part of Dr. Hofeldt’s musical life, and she has for more than twenty years performed with her husband, cellist Mark Hofeldt, in the Hofeldt-Phillips Piano Trio, playing throughout the region—at Earlham College, Miami University, the University of Dayton, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Dayton Art Institute.
Dr. Hofeldt has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Blossom Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival, and has coached with the LaSalle and Tokyo String Quartets. She began teaching at Wittenberg in 2011.