Vocal Coach – Lieder
BA, Calvin College; MM (piano performance), Peabody Conservatory (student of Leon Fleisher); DMA (piano performance), U of Michigan, where he studied with Theodore Lettvin. Since 1984, he has taught at Florida State U and currently is Prof of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying. He also teaches a variety of language and vocal literature classes for singers and pianists. He has presented master classes for singers and pianists throughout the U.S., has served as adjudicator for vocal, piano, and composition competitions, and presented workshops at NATS and the Florida State Music Teachers Assoc. Hoekman has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. Since 1988, he has served as pianist, harpsichordist, vocal coach, asst. conductor, preview lecturer, music administrator, and Co-Director of the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, NY).
He was the artistic director of the South Georgia Opera from 1986-1993, and also has 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. His publications include articles for the J of Singing, the American Music Teacher, and Voices: Opera America Bulletin for Singers. Compositions by Hoekman have been published by Theodore Presser, Recital Publications, Colla Voce, Plymouth Music, 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 Assoc. Other commissions include the Rawlins Piano Trio, Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Georgia Southern U, and First Presbyterian Church (Tallahassee). His recordings include his duets entitled Margarets (To Sun, To Feast, and To Converse – Albany Records) and a CD of American songs, including three of his own song cycles, with his wife and long-time recital collaborator, soprano Carla Connors (Mark Records).