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Sydney Hodkinson named the 2011-2012 William Bolcom Visiting Professor of Composition


Composer Sydney Hodkinson will be making a number of trips to Ann Arbor during the Winter term as the 2011-2012 William Bolcom Guest Professor of Composition. Hodkinson has deep roots in Michigan, having graduated with his DMA in composition from UofM in 1968, and eventually teaching here.  He has an extensive catalogue of over 250 works spanning a variety of genres and instrumentations many of which will be performed during this residency. 

Hodkinson's teachers include Elliot Carter, Milton Babbit, Roger Sessions, Lesley Bassett, Ross Lee Finney and Niccolo Castiglioni Benjamin Britten, and Louis Dallipicolla.  Hodkinson went on to teach at the Universities of Virginia, Ohio and Michigan, as well as The Eastman School of Music from which he retired in 1999.  He currently conducts the Contemporary Ensemble and teaches composition at the Aspen Colorado Music Festival and School.

Sydney's works have garnered awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation, the Canada Council, The National Endowment for the Arts and many more.  The composition department looks forward to Hodkinson's guest professorship.

past news

March 2017

Alumnus Michael-Thomas Foumai, MM '11, DMA '14, was named one of the 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients by ASCAP.   03/30/2017

Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH 03/16/2017

June 2016
January 2016
October 2013

Professor Bright Sheng is profiled in the Detroit News, in anticipation of the debut of his violin concerto, "Let Fly," to be performed by Gil Shaham with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Oct 4-6, 2013, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.    10/02/2013

September 2013

DMA composition student Patrick Harlin has been named the first-ever winner of the Hermitage Prize, awarded by the Aspen Music Festival and the Hermitage Artist Retreat.    09/04/2013

November 2011
November 2009
May 2009
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