Christine DeSantis Hoffman is an adjunct instructor in the School of Music at VCU. She also teaches music in the Lower School of Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. She earned her degrees in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). After receiving her master’s degree, Christine taught music and English in Tomioka-shi, Gunma-ken, Japan. Upon returning to Virginia, she taught music for 10 years at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County. During that time, she also co-directed the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir and founded the Western Hanover Art & Music (WHAM) Camp. In 2011, Christine was named Teacher of the Year, and in 2012 she achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music. She is a former lead teacher for SPARC’s (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) LIVE ART program. Christine has performed as a vocal soloist with ensembles such as the Richmond Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Bermuda Festival Orchestra. She frequently guest conducts honors choirs, presents at music education workshops and conferences, and is an active member and past president of the James River Virginia chapter of AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association). Christine has received several grants to study Orff Schulwerk around the world, most recently in New Orleans (focusing on Orff and jazz) and Ghana (focusing on Orff and Ewe culture).