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The Edina Chorale, a nonprofit community choir composed of adults of all ages, sings a broad repertoire of traditional, classical, contemporary and pop choral music.

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Music Director/Conductor

Dr. John Hoffacker
has a BA in music from the University of Virginia, a MM from the University of Oregon and a Doctorate in Conducting Music from the Eastman School of Music. The accomplished Dr. Hoffacker comes to the Edina Chorale from Chorus Polaris, which he founded in 2005. He has sung with the Minnesota Chorale; founded the GAI Minnesänger (the mixed-voice chorus of the Germanic-American Institute); conducted the Golden Valley, Bloomington, and Minnetonka Symphony Orchestras, the Nashua Symphony Chorus and the Cantemus Chamber Chorus; served as Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir; and taught at Colby College, Midwestern State University, Georgia Southern University, and Fitchburg State College.


Jeffrey A. Patry
is currently the Director of Sacred Music and Organist at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale, MN. In addition, he is on the faculty of Normandale Community College as the staff accompanist and is also accompanist of the Cantabile Choir of Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs of Bloomington, MN.

A native of Hutchinson, KS; Jeffrey's early organ study was with Mrs. Shirley Brandyberry. Jeffrey graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in Organ Performance studying under Dr. John Ferguson and Mr. Douglas Cleveland. In 1998, he won second prize in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition held in Wichita, KS. Jeffrey is frequently an organist/pianist for events in the Twin Cities and has recorded with MorningStar Music Publishers. He is a member of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he serves as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee and Placement Coordinator. He also serves as the secretary for the Association of Liturgical Ministers and is the treasurer for the Twin Cities Chapter of Chorister's Guild.

Administrative Manager

Stephanie Hansen  is a new Twin Cities resident after obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. She now spends her time scheduling educational theatre programs at The National Theatre For Children, providing administrative support at the Minnesota Music Coalition, teaching private voice & piano lessons, and managing the Edina Chorale.

The Edina Chorale strives to make its rehearsals and performances accessible to all singers and patrons. For questions or if you need assistance, please contact the Edina Chorale Administrative Manager at

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