Emil Oberhoffer (10 August 1867 22 May 1933) was a German-born American conductor and minor composer. He founded the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now known as the Minnesota Orchestra), and was its conductor for the first 19 years of its existence. He was also organist and director of music at the Church of the Redeemer, and he founded the chair of music at the University of Minnesota. He was personally very active and energetic, and instigated a practice of touring the orchestra widely, makin g it better known than most of its metropolis-bound counterparts. The orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 1912. and the San Francisco, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, and conductor of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.