|March 22- 24th, 2009|
Sydney Hodkinson lectured and spoke as the Ithaca College Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition on March 22- 24th, 2009. In addition to his activities as conductor, Mr. Hodkinson is one of the most prolific and widely performed contemporary composers. Though he has taught at several American and Canadian universities, he is perhaps best known for his trend-setting work at the Eastman School of Music. Joining the Eastman faculty in 1973, he became the director of the renowned Eastman Musica Nova. Under Dr. Hodkinson's direction, this ensemble performed and/or premiered numerous 20th-century compositions to great acclaim. Upon his retirement from Eastman in 1998, Sydney Hodkinson was appointed to the composition faculty at Aspen.
Sydney Hodkinson has written over 250 works covering a vast range of genres: educational pieces, an incredible variety of chamber music, including six string quartets, a prolific output of choral, operatic and vocal music, and large orchestral canvases, with concerti for English Horn, voice, violin, and clarinet.