Melanie Hoffman attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance. She then pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California. Principal teachers have included Walter Laursen, Boyde Hood and Rob Roy McGregor. Ms. Hoffman has been performing extensively in Southern California orchestras for the last/past thirty years. She currently performs with the California Philharmonic, Opera A La Carte, Antelope Valley Symphony, Cypress Pops, Santa Ana Symphony and others. While performing with these and others groups she has toured Japan, Italy and the United States. In addition to her free-lance playing, she teaches privately and is the trumpet coach for the band programs at Montebello High School and Temple City High School. Ms. Hoffman has taught at Pasadena Conservatory since 1998. Melanie teaches trumpet lessons at Hollywood Arts Academy.