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Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Bruce Hodges grew up in Texas, where he studied voice, piano and violin (favorites: Ives’ Fourth Violin Sonata and Hindemith’s Five Pieces for Strings) and art. Play list, age 16: Berio: Sinfonia, Reich: Violin Phase, Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air, Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano, Partch: Castor and Pollux, Kagel: Der Schall.

At Antioch College he studied visual arts with Jonathan Ahearn and music composition with David Stock, then received a B.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Claudia Betti and Henry Whiddon. He moved to New York in 1981.

He is President of the New York Consortium for New Music (Continuum, Da Capo Chamber Players, ModernWorks, The New York New Music Ensemble, Newband and Speculum Musicae), which from 1991 through 2002 produced Sonic Boom, “considered by some to be the country’s leading contemporary music festival.” (The New Yorker) He is also President of the board of directors of Ensemble Sospeso (

In 2005 and 2006 he hosted panel discussions with composers and artists at the Look & Listen Festival (, and he serves as a moderator for The Good Music Guide, an online classical music forum based in Canberra, Australia. His blog, Monotonous Forest, debuted in 2006, and he writes a monthly column on recordings for The Juilliard Journal.


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