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WXXI NAMES CHRISTOPHER E. VAN HOF
CLASSICAL 91.5’S AFTERNOON HOST

Rochester, New York (August 5, 2008) – WXXI has promoted Classical 91.5’s interim afternoon host Christopher E. Van Hof to permanent afternoon host and producer. No stranger to the station, Van Hof completed an internship as assistant to Classical 91.5’s music director in May 2007 while enrolled at the Eastman School of Music’s Master’s Program. After his internship, he was hired as part-time announcer for the station, and in March 2008 when afternoon host Mordecai Lipshutz announced his retirement, Van Hof was named interim host for that shift.

Van Hof received his undergraduate degrees in Music Ed and Trombone Performance from Western Michigan University in 2006 and his Master’s Degree of Music in Trombone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2008. He is currently Instructor of Low Brass at Nazareth College, and maintains a private studio. He is a founding member of Emerald Brass Quintet and the PoBoys Brass Band, and also serves as substitute trombonist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Van Hof can be heard weekdays on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD91.5-1 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. He can also be heard playing principal trombone on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 2009 CD release with the Canadian Brass entitled, “Manhattan Music.” Van Hof has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, The Syracuse Chorale Orchestra, Mercury Opera Theater Rochester, the Rochester Broadway Theater League, and TWENTY21.

Van Hof and his wife Andrea reside in Bloomfield.

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