Brett Hodgdon

Associate Professor of Music
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Brett Hodgdon joined the Conservatory in 2021 and is an associate professor of music in the Voice/Opera Department teaching graduate lyric diction.

Hodgdon is the chorus master and principal coach at Boston Lyric Opera, where he has served on the company’s music staff for over two dozen productions since 2011. In addition to his work at Boston Lyric Opera, Hodgdon has been a rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2008, having rehearsed and coached programs for BSO music director Andris Nelsons as well as many guest conductors. He has maintained frequent collaborations with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus, both as pianist and rehearsal conductor. A frequent performer in the Emmanuel Music Chamber Series in Boston, he has also been a rehearsal pianist for the Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series since 2006. Hodgdon is also currently on the opera faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and was previously music director of the opera theater at the University of Connecticut. Since 2014, he has spent his summers on the coaching faculty of Si Parla, Si Canta in Arona, Italy, where he made his international conducting debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia di Novara in 2019.

He received a D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory (2014), where he studied piano with Irma Vallecillo and Cameron Stowe, and opera and vocal repertoire with John Greer and John Moriarty.  He holds an M.M. in Accompanying and Chamber Music and a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Notable Recent Works

  • Cavalleria Rusticana (Boston Lyric Opera, 2021)—Chorus Master
  • Hamlet (Ruse State Opera, Bulgaria, 2021)—Vocal Coach and Repetiteur
  • desert in (Boston Lyric Opera, 2021)—Vocal Coach and Orchestral Piano
  • The Fall of the House of Usher (Boston Lyric Opera, 2020)—Associate Conductor