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About Brett Hodgdon

Spencer BlankBrett Hodgdon is a vocal coach, pianist, and conductor living in Boston, Massachusetts. Hodgdon serves as Chorus Master and Principal Coach at Boston Lyric Opera, where he trained as an Emerging Artist Coach in the 2011/12 season. He has coached over twenty productions with the company and is the 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.

Hodgdon is also a regular rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus, having rehearsed and coached programs for several leading conductors, including James Burton, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Keith Lockhart, and Andris Nelsons. He served as rehearsal coach for the BSO’s acclaimed 2015 concert production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra.

At the University of Connecticut, Hodgdon has served as Instructor of Vocal Literature and Diction since 2012. As Music Director of the UCONN Opera Theater, he has conducted productions of Albert Herring, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cendrillon, Dido and Aeneas, L’elisir d’amore, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Die Fledermaus, Hänsel und Gretel, HMS Pinafore, Le Mariage aux lanternes, Le nozze di Figaro, Noye’s Fludde, and Suor Angelica. In 2019, he conducted the world premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s one-act opera Bessie and Ma.

As a chamber musician and vocal collaborator, 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.

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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