It’s a true spectacle to encounter an artist whose cleverness and wit shine through their compositions, and whose influence as an educator lives on through numerous generations of students and colleagues.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Sydney Hodkinson led an impressive career in conducting, composition, and music education. Hodkinson received a bachelor’s and master’s of music from Eastman, and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan in 1968.
Before returning to Eastman as a faculty member in 1973, Hodkinson’s extensive teaching career was spent at the Universities of Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan. During his time at Eastman, Hodkinson conducted the Musica Nova ensemble and the Kilbourn Orchestra. In addition to his positions as department chair for conducting and ensembles, he soon became a professor of composition. Hodkinson later completed visiting professorships at Southern Methodist University from 1984 to 1986, and at the University of Western Ontario in 1991 before accepting the Almand Chair of Composition at Stetson University in 2004.
Hodkinson has composed over 250 works covering a wide array of genres including educational literature, chamber arrangements, and large orchestral pieces.
His major influences as a writer included notable composers like Louis Mennini, Bernard Rogers, Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Roger Sessions, Leslie Bassett, Niccolo Castiglioni, Ross Lee Finney, and George B. Wilson.
During his career, Hodkinson was awarded the Bolcom Extended Residency in Composition from the University of Michigan. Earlier awards include those from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation, Canada Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ford Foundation.