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Elaine Hoffman Watts


1937 to 1950

Training, performance highlights and acknowledgments included:
Trained in klezmer by Hoffman family members and other traditional musicians

1950 to 1960

Performance highlights and acknowledgments include:

1951 Attended Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1952 New Orleans Symphony, New Orleans, Louisiana
1952 Wilmington Symphony (now Delaware Symphony), Wilmington, Delaware
1954 Graduate and First Woman Percussionist to Be Accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1956 to 1963 Percussion Instructor, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1960 to 1970
Performance highlights and acknowledgments included:
1965 to Present Private Percussion Instructor (Drums, Timpani, Mallet instruments)
1960’s Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, West Chester, Pennsylvania

1970 to 1980

Performance highlights and acknowledgments include:

1973 to Present Percussion Instructor, Friends Central School, Wynnewood,
1970s Suburban Opera Company, Chester, Pennsylvania
1970s Valley Forge Music Fair, Malvern, Pennsylvania
1970s Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1970s Shubert Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1970s Forrest Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1970s Young Audiences, throughout Pennsylvania

1980 to 1990

Performance highlights and acknowledgments include:

1983 to 1985 Director, Friends Central Upper School Jazz Band
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
1984 to Present Founder and Performer, Summer Sounds, Havertown, Pennsylvania
1986 Band Director, Haverford Friends School, Haverford, Pennsylvania
1986 Director, Friends Central Upper School Orchestra,
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

1990 to 2000

Performance highlights and acknowledgments include:

1991 to 2001 PennPAT Performing Arts on Tour Roster
1995 to 2001 Drummer, KlezMs, all-woman klezmer band
1996 Performed on Fidle, Traditional Crossroads Records CD featuring Alicia Svigals and Klezmer Violin
1996 Wesleyan Klezmer Research Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
1997 Featured Artist and Consultant, A Joyful Noise: The Lost Klezmer
Music of Philadelphia, film by Jackie Borock, aired on WHYY-TV, Philadelphia
1998 to Present KlezKamp, Parksville, New York
1998 to Present Guest Artist and Performer, KlezKanada, Lantier, Quebec
1999 Summer Series Concert, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
1999 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Master Folk Artist Teaching Apprenticeship Award
2000 KlezKamp, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

2000 to the Present

Performance highlights and acknowledgments include:

2000 Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Fellowship Award (2000 Fellow)
2000 Subject of Documentary, The New Klezmorim, Ergo Media, Inc.
2004 Berkeley Jewish Music Festival, Berkeley, California
2004 Workman’s Circle, Sylvan, New York
2004 National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Massachusetts
2004 Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
2004 Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
2004 Free Library of Philadelphia’s Centennial of Issac Bashevis Singer’s Birth, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2004 I Remember Klezmer: The Art of Klezmer Drumming
2004 WHYY-Video Postcard
2005 National Folk Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts
2007 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award





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