Assistant Professor, Music
Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 23676
Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff is assistant professor of music and director of choirs at McMaster University, where she teaches courses in conducting, vocal-choral pedagogy and music education. She is conductor of the McMaster University Choir and founding conductor of both the Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir. Prior to her appointment at McMaster, she taught at The University of Western Ontario where she completed both her Doctorate in Music and Masters in Choral Conducting, with additional choral studies at the Eastman School of Music Conducting Institute, the Voice Care Network of St. Johns University, Minnesota, and the University of Toronto.
Rensink-Hoff is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting awarded by the Ontario Arts Council. In 2015, her McMaster Women’s Choir was awarded first prize in the 2015 National Canadian Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs of the CBC and Choral Canada. That same year she was also nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at McMaster University. An active member of the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind, her current areas of research include conducting gesture and Canadian choral repertoire. Past-President of Choirs Ontario and Vice-President of Programmes for Choral Canada, she works frequently as guest conductor, adjudicator, conference presenter and workshop clinician across Canada.
Under her direction, the McMaster choral program has steadily gained recognition in the Hamilton arts community and beyond for its inspired performances. The choirs regularly perform a range of small and large-scale choral works and have been featured on CBC Radio’s Choral Hour program. They have enjoyed collaborations with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Momentum Choir of Niagara, Toronto Mass Choir and (the former) Opera Hamilton. Over the recent 2015-2016 season, the Women’s Choir collaborated with Western University for a joint choral performance in London, ON; the University Choir performed for the opening of the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in Niagara and also worked with the McMaster President’s Office to perform as part of the Perspectives on Peace campus initiative.