russDr. Russell Hoffmann is the founding music director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and has a widely diversified musical background.

Along with his extensive work as a violinist with orchestras throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, he also served as Music Director for Concert Opera of Philadelphia.

In addition to having served as Associate Conductor with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Hoffmann has appeared as guest conductor for the Delaware Valley Philharmonic and the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association Festival Orchestra, Bucks Music Educator’s Association Festival Orchestra, as well as guest conductor for Hunterdon Symphony Russell has also served as guest conductor for Pennsylvania Music Education Association.

Dr. Hoffmann, recently retired faculty member of the Princeton Public Schools had been a music educator in public schools for more than 41 years. Currently he is a stringed instrument instructor with Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in Flemington, NJ. As an adjunct faculty member with Bucks County Community College had served as head of the string department as well as serving as a lecturer. 

In addition to his studies with Luis Biava of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustav Meier, and Kenneth Kiesler, Dr. Hoffmann has attended seminars and workshops at Tanglewood Music Festival, the Conductor’s Guild and the American Symphony Orchestra League. He is a recipient of the Otto H. Helbig Award in Conducting (College of New Jersey). Hoffmann received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree awarded to him by American Conservatory of Music. In April of 2016 he received the Distinguished Music Alumni Award presented by The College of New Jersey Department of Music and Alumni Chapter. Russell is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Lamda Nu Chapter. Most recently he was elected President, Board of Trustees of Newtown Chamber Orchestra.