Miriam - profile

Miriam Hoffmann

Education and Outreach Manager

INTERVIEW

What aspect of your work do you enjoy the most? To be able to impact lives by sharing what we do and by creating fruitful and inspiring encounters for everyone involved is a very rewarding part of my job. I also enjoy sharing new experiences and out-of-the-ordinary moments with the musicians during some of our education projects.

What about your work challenges you on a daily basis? The variety of my responsibilities is what keeps my job both fresh and challenging. Writing concepts, planning and managing projects, raising money, supporting our communication activities and coming up with new and exciting ideas for future projects is a great number of things to juggle every day.

What do you find inspiring about your job? Working with people around the world means teaming up with different personalities and adapting oneself to the varying needs and expectations of project partners in different countries and communities, which I find challenging in a very positive and inspiring way. I also find inspiration in a team of musicians and management where there’s much exchange about ideas, and where everyone works for the same goal. And finally, it is wonderful to meet inspiring people along the road of our projects, who leave a trace in my own life.

What makes a “perfect” concert? Hearing, seeing and feeling something come to life on stage and forgetting all else for the moment.

What do you like most about the MCO? The constant air of curiosity and excitement and the willingness to embrace the new and unexpected, which you can hear in the MCO’s playing and which I experience in many of our education projects.

BIOGRAPHY

Miriam has been working for the MCO since December 2011. She is the first person to serve as Education and Outreach Manager, and is responsible for developing and implementing all of the MCO’s educational and outreach activities.

Music has been part of Miriam’s life since very early on. She began singing in choirs at the age of six and started playing the oboe at the age of twelve. At 16, she went to study abroad at the Las Vegas Academy for International Studies and Visual and Performing Arts, where she focused on music and theatre.

Miriam holds an M.A. in Musicology, English and American Studies (Universität Düsseldorf) and an MA in Culture and Media Management (Institut KMM, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg). During her studies, she garnered practical experience in the education department of the Duisburg Philharmonic, and in the marketing division of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

After a job with the Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg, her position at the MCO has led her back to orchestra management, where she enjoys sharing her passion for cooperative music making.