Caitlin Hoffert is a vocalist available for performance in the styles of jazz, R&B, pop/rock, and classical in the Philadelphia area. Her auxiliary instruments include piano, guitar, and ukulele.
She is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Music in music education on voice and minors in jazz studies and music history. Caitlin studied under the internationally renowned classical baritone Randall Scarlata for four years and received much guidance in jazz arranging and improvisation from the well-known classical and jazz bassist, Peter Paulsen. Over her time at WCU, she was a member of five choral ensembles, including Cantari Donne, Mastersingers, Recital Choir, Concert Choir, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Caitlin was also the featured vocalist of the nation's longest running collegiate jazz band, WCU's Criterions Jazz Ensemble, for her entire collegiate career. As a featured jazz vocalist, she has performed at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference, the PCMEA (Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association) Conference, and even Musikfest, held in Bethlehem, PA. Lastly, in the realm of theatre, Caitlin acted as the lead role in Robert Maggio and Matthew Hardy's premiere of the new musical Bonnets & Bling. She is also a part of ASH Theater Company of Manayunk, with whom she played Audrey in their production of Little Shop of Horrors in Summer 2018.
In the performance realm outside of West Chester University, Ms. Hoffert has been employed as a vocalist in a variety of different settings. She has sung at wedding ceremonies and cocktails, accompanying herself on guitar and/or piano. Caitlin has also been employed by Windish Music & Productions on various occasions, singing with an a cappella group called "The Coastal Crooners" who performed on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk during the summers of 2014 and 2015 as well as singing and playing keytar in a rock band called "The Screaming Mummies" at Hersheypark in the Dark in Fall 2014.
In her endeavors as an educator, Caitlin presently teaches K-8 general music and choir at Overbrook Educational Center where she co-directs an annual musical, puts on seasonal choir and guitar ensemble concerts, and coaches cheerleading. She also teaches upwards of fifteen private students that take lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele through Greensleeves music. Previously, she has also taught early musicianship classes to infants and toddlers through both Tot Rock in West Chester, PA, and Gymboree: Play & Music in Wilmington, DE.
From jazz singer to church choir section leader, Caitlin is available to hire for performance in many areas of voice. In regards to group singing she has performed in many different settings, including jazz choirs, chamber choirs, women's choirs, SATB choirs, and church choirs. Caitlin has also nearly a decade of musical theater experience under her belt. In regards to solo singing, she has the most experience as a jazz vocalist, performing in big band settings as well as combos. In addition, Caitlin has sung theatre, classical, rock, pop, and indie/folk geared solo repertoire.
From 2016-2018, she was as the alto choral scholar in residency at the Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church of Wilmington, DE, where her duties included singing solos and leading the alto section in sectional rehearsals and the singing of the choral repertoire.
At West Chester University, Caitlin has completed courses in music pedagogy detailing Orff and Kodaly processes, choral and instrumental methodology, and the art of conducting. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education at Temple University to further her knowledge and skill in teaching music.
With her knowledge acquired from the world of formal academia, Caitlin has privately taught nearly 50 private students in the areas of voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele, ranging in age from four years old to eighteen. She has also given weekly group music lessons to toddlers through Tot Rock and Gymboree which are based in a number of early childhood learning theories.
In addition, Caitlin has worked for the School District of Philadelphia at Overbrook Educational Center for the past two years, teaching K-8 general music as well as directing choir, directing Drama Club, and coaching cheerleading. For her general music classes, she acquired grants for classroom keyboards, classroom guitars, and 10 ukuleles in her time at OEC, incorporating these instruments into her teaching and curriculum. As for extracurriculars, Caitlin put on two choir concerts per year, two talent shows per year, and directed two full-length junior musicals - Annie Jr. in Spring 2018 and the Wiz Jr. in Spring 2019.
She is available to hire for in-home music lessons in any of the aforementioned areas.