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Composer Sydney Hodkinson Begins Guest Residency at SMTD


This week, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance welcomes distinguished composer, conductor and teacher Sydney Hodkinsonfor the 2012 William Bolcom Guest Residency.  Hodkinson will be on campus throughout the term for a series of lectures, rehearsals, lessons, performances and a masterclass. 

Hodkinson, (UM DMA in composition, 1968), has been described by the American Record Guide as "a composer with an absolutely unique and fascinating musical language," and has been honored by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Canada Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others. He served on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, and teaches at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

The inaugural event of his residency takes place on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. in the McIntosh Theatre in the Moore Buildingwhen the UM Percusssion Ensemble, directed by Professors Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle, presents a special evening devoted to Hodkinson’s works. Drawing from his vast repertoire, the PE's concert will include “Night Moves” (1990) and three sets from the composer's "Drawings" series. The event is free and no tickets are required.

Other events taking place during Hodkinson’s residency include:


Friday, February 3, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium

Symphony Band, Michael Haithcock, conductor.

Program includes Hodkinson - Duae Cantatae Breves, as well as a new work by UM alum Roshanne Etezady; Free - no tickets required

Thursday February 9, 4:30 p.m., Room 2058 Moore Building

Guest Seminar: Works of Sydney Hodkinson

Thursday February 9, 8 pm, Britton Recital Hall, Moore Building

Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Christopher James Lees, conductor. 

Featuring the music of William Bolcom and guest composer-in-residence Sydney Hodkinson

Friday, March 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Room 2058 Moore Building

Masterclass with Sydney Hodkinson

Selected UM composition students present their works in a group setting  


Thursday, April 5, 4:30 p.m., Room 2058 Moore Building

Guest Seminar: Works of Sydney Hodkinson

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

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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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