Kathryn Hoffer, a violinist and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has enjoyed a successful 45-year career as a music educator in school orchestra and private studio settings. She is currently the music director of the Society of Strings, an orchestra for amateur adult string players, as well as the orchestras at Hiland Mountain Correctional Institution. She serves on the faculty and board of the Alaska String Camps and is adjunct faculty in the University of Alaska Anchorage Music Department.
Ms. Hoffer has been a member of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra since 1974 and concertmaster since 1983. She also plays in the orchestras of Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers and in smaller chamber ensembles throughout south-central Alaska. In 2002
Ms. Hoffer was honored as the Alaska Music Educator of the Year by the Alaska Music Educators Association. Also in 2002 she was named a BP Woman of Achievement. She was the recipient of the Individual Artist Award in the Mayor’s Arts Award program. In 2010 she was honored with the American String Teachers Association’s Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award.
Artistic Music Director of HMCC Orchestra
Joy Sharpe retired in 2003 after teaching orchestra in the Anchorage School District for twenty-one years. Principal assignments included West High School, Gruening Middle School, and numerous elementary orchestras. In 1999 she was honored to receive the Alaska Outstanding Music Educator Award. Joy played violin in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for over ten years and has participated in several chamber music ensembles. Since retirement she has been a member of the Anchorage Concert Chorus and has enjoyed tours to Russia, Europe and Canada with that group.
She continues to support her interest in string music education by actively serving on the Board of Alaska String Camps, Inc. and by teaching at Hiland Correctional Center. At Hiland she is also involved in Parenting Classes with the inmates. She feels that she is qualified to do this because of her forty-five years of experience with her own two children and five grandchildren. She is a liturgist in her church and leads a small group Bible Study for women. Joy is married to Jon Sharpe.
Executive Director of Arts on the Edge
In 2003 I was looking for an orchestra as a beginning cellist. Six years later I am still playing with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center women. We have a nonprofit – Arts on the Edge supporting the program along with a very generous local community of musicians and loyal concert attendees. We have committed orchestra teachers, and focused, dedicated inmate musicians. Our annual concerts are now attracting well-known musical artists to provide ‘star power’. Our program survives on $10,000 per year most of which is generated by the annual concert ticket sales. With twenty two members, that is $454 per member per year!! Thank you for your continued support!
In the Fall of 2003, two long-time friends were visiting. Beginning cellist Pati Crofut was yearning for an adult beginning orchestra to play with. Janice Weiss, Education Director of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, was looking for educational programs for the incarcerated women. The rest is history.
A 501c3, Arts on the Edge was formed. Mike Doogan, Anchorage Daily News columnist wrote a column about the venture. The resulting publicity generated instrument donations. One violin, acquired from a local pawnshop for $50.00 appraised at $2000 and was miraculously transformed into four lesser violins. Individuals were asked for donations. Jackie Davis a local high school music teacher was hired to teach and conduct the women.
The original orchestra consisted of eight women with no musical background. Orchestra class met every Saturday and the musicians were encouraged to practice during the week. Starting with 6th grade musical literature, the inmates were taught to read music, understand rhythm and ‘play well with others’. Guardian angels agreed to endow the chairs. An orchestra was born.
With an innovative and forward-thinking prison superintendent – Dean Marshall, helpful prison correctional officers and administration, the first public concert was held inside the prison on Saturday, June 12, 2004. There are three orchestras now with 30 women. The advanced orchestra has progressed from sixth grade musical literature to high school level. Except for minor grants, the orchestra is self-supporting through concert ticket sales and crafts made by the inmates.
The prison holiday concert is held the first Saturday in December each year. The prison orchestras perform some musical pieces alone and others assisted by musicians from the Anchorage Symphony and the Anchorage musical community. Each year there is also a well-known guest artist. This year we are so very fortunate to have guest artist cellist, Zuill Bailey.
Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra Holiday Concert With Special Guest Musician: Violist, Sheila Browne DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2015 TIME: 1:30 LOCATION: Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska TICKET PRICE: $30.00 PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets available through Centertix. DIRECTIONS: Driving north toward Eagle River on the Glenn Highway, exit right at Hiland Road. Cross [...]
The Ninth Annual Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra Holiday Concert Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska $30.00 donation – tax deductible Directions Driving north toward Eagle River on the Glenn Highway, exit right at Hiland Road. Cross Hiland at the off-ramp sign and continue [...]
Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women’s String Orchestra. Your contribution provides a unique and meaningful opportunity not only for the women who participate in the orchestra, but for the entire Hiland Mountain community as well.
Orchestra Sponsor $1,500
‐ 20 tickets
‐ Full page in the program
‐ Co‐branding on all promotional material*
Quartet Sponsor $750
‐ 20 tickets
‐ 1⁄2 page in the program
‐ Co‐branding on event posters*
1st Chair Sponsor $300
‐ 10 tickets
‐ Program Listing
‐ 3 tickets
‐ Program Listing
To become a sponsor please email Pati at email@example.com
*Sponsorship must be received by November 9, 2012