About Chastine

Chastine Hofmeister is the Principal Clarinetist of the Allen Philharmonic as well as the Clarinet Professor at Collin College. She is also a Clarinetist with both the Longview Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as well as Bass Clarinetist with the Irving Symphony and San Angelo Symphony. Chastine is an avid performer and has also played with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 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 was previously Acting Principal of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. She enjoys writing and has recently published articles in both The Clarinet Journal and Pan Pipes. Chastine is a Buffet Crampon performing artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Clarinets. 

Her primary teachers have included Greg Raden, Chris Runk, and Rena Feller. Chastine has participated in master classes with distinguished performers including Yehuda Gilad, 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. 

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas. While at the University of North Texas, she was a performance scholarship recipient and played with 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. 

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 McKinney, Texas with her husband Jason, their dogs Grover and Boo, and their cockatiel named Gustav.