About Chastine

Buffet-Crampon performing artist, Chastine Hofmeister, enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral musician, soloist, pedagogue, and writer. She is currently the the Principal Clarinetist of the Allen Philharmonic and Clarinet Professor at Collin College while also holding positions at the Longview Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony, and San Angelo Symphony. Chastine is an avid performer and has also had the pleasure of recently performing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Winds, Abilene Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Midland-Odessa Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony, and she was previously Acting Principal of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Other exciting recent projects include performing in Vail, Colorado with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the Bravo! Vail music festival, a tour with the Dallas Winds to Chicago to play at Midwest Band Clinic, solo recitals at ClarinetFest, and recording for a video game soundtrack coming out in 2024!

Chastine is also an avid writer and blogger and has recently published articles in The Clarinet Journal, The Clarinet Online, and Pan Pipes Journal. Her blog was recently named as one of the “20 Best Clarinet Blogs, Websites, and Influencers to Follow” by Feedspot. Chastine also maintains a large private studio and is a sought-after clinician, recently giving a large master class at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association as their featured woodwind clinician to thousands of students. She is the head instructor of the Advanced Orchestral Division at Clearly Clarinet Camp where she teaches master classes and coaches chamber ensembles. 

Chastine studied at the University of North Texas where she was a performance scholarship recipient and a member of the North Texas Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. During her time with the Wind Symphony, she recorded with the Klavier label and GIA educational projects. Her primary teachers have included Greg Raden, Chris Runk, and Rena Feller. Chastine has participated in master classes with distinguished performers including Yehuda Gilad, Ixi Chen, Richie Hawley, Chris Pell, Donald Montanaro, Robert Spring, and Anthony Gigliotti. She has performed in several music festivals including the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Domain Forget. 

Chastine is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the International Clarinet Association, National Federation of State High School Associations, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons, baking, and gardening. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jason (a professional horn player), their cockatiel named Gustav, and their dogs Grover and Boo.