Sydney Hodkinson

Sydney Hodkinson

Adjunct Professor of Music

It is my hope to inculcate into the students at Stetson the habits, required energy and discipline necessary for the serious composer in our society.

Hodkinson has written over 280 works covering a vast range of genres: educational pieces, a large 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.

  • D.MA, University of Michigan
  • M.M., composition, Eastman School of Music
  • BM, Eastman School of Music


Course Sampling

  • Private and Class Instruction in Classical Music Composition

Areas of Expertise

  • Music


SYDNEY HODKINSON (b.1934) currently holds the Almand Chair in Music Composition at Stetson University and has served as Composer-in-Residence and faculty conductor at Colorado's Aspen Music Festival and School for fifteen years. A distinguished 55 year teaching career includes posts at the Universities of Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Southern Methodist and Rochester - with visiting professorships at Western Ontario, Oberlin, Indiana and Duke Universities.

As conductor, He held positions as director of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble (Michigan),Eastman's Musica Nova Ensemble and the Kilbourn Orchestra, the Voices of Change (SMU, Dallas), Banff Festival, Torontos's New Music Concerts, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble as well as many guest appointments.

Awards include those from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, University of Michigan, Guggenheim Foundation, Canada Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation.