Chris Van Hof
Chris Van Hof is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University, and host of the 2019 International Trombone Festival. He previously held the same position at Colorado State University from 2013-2017. An S.E. Shires Performing Artist, he is also Principal Trombone of the Muncie Symphony, trombonist in the Da Camera Brass (in residence at Ball State), and the Emerald Brass. Chris is an experienced performer in multiple styles, having spent time equally as a symphonic player with the orchestras of Kalamazoo (MI), Rochester (NY), Madison (WI), Fort Collins (CO), and Cheyenne (WY); and as a section member of commercial horn sections, jazz big bands and the trombone funk band the PoBoys Brass Band (2007-2011).
Chris has a deep background in teaching and is passionate about his work at Ball State. He trains his students to be adept at all styles of music on the trombone, to establish clear career objectives, to explore entrepreneurial and alternative paths of employment in the arts, and to focus on a strong process to accomplish all those objectives. He has presented clinics for the Indiana All-State Orchestra, Colorado Music Educators Association Conference, and BIGXII Trombone Conference. He is a regular clinician and coach in high school music programs nationally, and he promotes a keen attention to teaching style and ability among his students at BSU. Chris studied with Mark Hetzler for his Doctorate (UW-Madison), Mark Kellogg for his Master’s (Eastman School of Music), and Steve Wolfinbarger for his Bachelor’s (Western Michigan University). He lives in Muncie with his wife Andrea and their two sons, Dexter and Fritz.