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Sydney Hodkinson finishes residency as William Bolcom Visiting Professor of Composition


Composer and conductor Syd Hodkinson has completed his residency at the University of Michigan. He visited Ann Arbor on numerous occasions during the winter semester. He gave private lessons to UM composition students, conducted master classes and reading sessions, and attended performances of his works. The University Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Percussion Studio, and Symphony Band all performed works by Hodkinson.

Syd is former UM faculty member and composition alumni, earning his DMA at Michigan in 1968. He founded the UM Contemporary Directions Ensemble which continues to thrive at the University. He has a catalogue of over 250 works and awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation, the Canada Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, and many others. He currently conducts the Contemporary Ensemble and teaches composition at the Aspen Colorado Music Festival and School.

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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

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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

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