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About Brett Hodgdon

Spencer BlankBrett Hodgdon is a pianist, vocal coach, and conductor living in Boston, Massachusetts. As a chamber musician and vocal collaborator, Dr. Hodgdon has performed for audiences at Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival. He is a frequent performer in the Emmanuel Music Chamber Series in Boston, having presented programs of the music of Beethoven, Harbison, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Schumann, and Wolf.

In 2012, Dr. Hodgdon joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut as Instructor of Vocal Literature and Diction, and Music Director of the Opera Theater. Since taking that position, he has conducted productions of Albert Herring, Il barbiere di Siviglia, H.M.S. Pinafore, L’elisir d’amore, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Die Fledermaus, Hänsel und Gretel, Noye’s Fludde, and Le nozze di Figaro. He made his operatic conducting debut in 2012 in Cavalli’s L’Egisto with the New England Conservatory’s Undergraduate Opera Studio.

Dr. Hodgdon has served as coach-pianist at Boston Lyric Opera for seven seasons and was an Emerging Artist Coach with the company in 2011-12. He has coached fifteen productions with the company and serves as principal pianist for BLO’s innovative Signature Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He can be heard on the BIS label as piano soloist in BLO's staged production of Schubert's Hagar's Lament and James MacMillan's Clemency.

In addition to his work at BLO, Dr. Hodgdon is also a regular rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having rehearsed and coached programs for several leading conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, and Andris Nelsons. Most recently, he served as rehearsal coach for the BSO’s acclaimed 2015 concert production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra.

He received the D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory, as well as the M.M. in Accompanying and Chamber Music and the B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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