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Hochstein Piano Faculty - Doleen Hood

Instrument/Department: Piano, Chamber Music, Honors Certificate Program Jury Panel (Piano), Chamber Music Connection (CMC) Coordinator

Joined Hochstein faculty in: 1999

Doleen Hood received a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was an Accompanying Fellow and recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award in Accompanying, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from the D'Angelo School of Music. Her extensive work as a collaborative pianist and coach has included the Dale Warland Singers, Annapolis and Baltimore operas, Paul Hill Chorale and Washington Singers, Baltimore Chamber Chorale, Chesapeake Chorale, Heifetz Institute, and studio work at the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Institute. 

As a performer, Hood has been featured on recitals and concert series throughout the United States and Europe, and she has held faculty and staff positions at Bethel College, Crown College, the MacPhail School, and Nazareth College. She joined the Hochstein School faculty in 1999, where she received the 2003-04 Faculty Service Award and also served as the Dean from 2001-04. Hood is very active as a collaborative pianist in the greater Rochester area and performs regularly on Hochstein’s “Spotlight on Faculty” and “Live from Hochstein” concerts. Her teaching focus includes adult students, chamber music coaching, and Music for Little Mozarts group piano classes.


More About Doleen Hood

Hometown: Beech Grove, Pennsylvania

What inspires me: Students finding confidence and joy through learning music

When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: Riding my bike, cooking, and traveling with my family

Favorite place to travel: Maine

My favorite local restaurant: Avvino

Favorite composers: Brahms (string and piano works) and Rutter (choral)

What people would be surprised to know about me: I grew up on a farm and had a pet chicken.