Skip to main content


Mark Hofeldt

Adjunct Faculty, Cello


College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Mark Hofeldt
FH 468
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • M.M., Cello performance, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1987
  • M.D., University of Illinois, 1982


Mark Hofeldt is a professional cellist who has played in the cello section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988. He has also been a member of the Virginia Symphony and the Toledo Symphony orchestras. Additionally, he was the cellist in the Hofeldt-Phillips piano trio for 20 years and have been an avid performer of solo and chamber recitals throughout the region over the past 25 years.

Concurrently, Mark was employed at Dayton Children’s Hospital as an anesthesiologist until his retirement from medical practice in 2021. The mental and physical health and safety of children has been his concern for many decades.

He has a private home studio of some two dozen cello students of a variety of abilities and has taught cello for the past six years at the Stivers School for the Performing Arts in Dayton. Mark has a strong commitment to the musical education of students of all ages, both to nurture their musical abilities and to enhance their general learning.  

Faculty perspective

"I have students practice and master scales and arpeggios, exercises and etudes, and a sampling of the wonderful array of concert pieces in the classical cello repertoire while considering the musical historical and theory elements of these compositions. I emphasize an instructional approach that considers the physical and mental health of my students so that their musical activities do not undermine either and accept the students at whatever playing level they happen to reside and work from there. I also feel it is my duty to help explore career options that involve cello performance and/or teaching, but also other areas of interest to complement their musical pursuits."

Professional activities

  • Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Dayton Philharmonic educational string quartet
  • Private cello studio

Courses taught

  • Cello instruction (MUS 399/499)
  • Lower String Pedagogy (MUS 339)
  • Chamber Music