TIMOTHY HOEKMAN is Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at The Florida State University. He has been at FSU since 1984, teaching collaborative piano, coaching graduate voice majors, and teaching a variety of language and vocal literature classes for singers and pianists. He has presented master classes for singers and pianists at many colleges and universities throughout the U.S., and has served as adjudicator for vocal, piano, and composition competitions. He has also presented workshops at various events of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Before moving to Florida State, he taught piano for two years at East Carolina University.
In addition to his teaching, Hoekman is a highly experienced performer and coach, having performed as soloist and collaborative pianist in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. Since 2012 he has been a Lieder coach at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. From 1988 to 2011 he was on the music staff of Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, where he served as pianist, harpsichordist, vocal coach, assistant conductor, music administrator, and Co-Director of the Young American Artists Program. He was the artistic director of the South Georgia Opera from 1986-1993, and has also served as vocal coach for Florida Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Peter Harrower Summer Opera Workshop.
Hoekman earned the D.M.A. degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Theodore Lettvin. He received his B.A. degree from Calvin College and the M.M. in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory, where he was a student of Leon Fleisher. He has written articles for the Journal of Singing, the American Music Teacher, and Voices: Opera America's Bulletin for Singers.
Compositions by Hoekman have been published by Theodore Presser, Recital Publications, Colla Voce, Plymouth Music Company, and Classical Vocal Reprints. In 2002 he was named the MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year for his song cycle To Make a Prairie, commissioned by the South Dakota Music Teachers Association. Other commissions have come from the Rawlins Piano Trio, the Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Georgia Southern University, and First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee, among others. His duets entitled Margarets have been recorded on the CD To Sun, To Feast, and To Converse (Albany Records). He recently finished recording a CD of American songs, including three of his own song cycles, with his wife and long-time recital collaborator, soprano Carla Connors.