Huck Hodge is professor and chair of the composition program in the school of music. A composer of “harmonically fresh work", "full of both sparkle and thunder” (New York Times), his music has been praised for its “immediate impact” (Chicago Tribune), its "clever, attractive, streamlined" qualities (NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam), and its ability to "conjure up worlds of musical magic” with “power and charisma" (Gramophone Magazine, London). There is a dramatic interplay of color, light, and darkness in his music, which emerges from an uncanny blending of pure and dissonant harmonies, widely spaced orchestrations and vast, diffuse timbres.
Hodge is the recipient of many prestigious awards and distinctions. Among these is the Charles Ives Living, the largest music award conferred by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His other major awards include the Rome Prize (Luciano Berio Fellowship), the Gaudeamus Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the American Composers Forum (JFund), the Barlow Endowment, Music at the Anthology (MATA), the American Academy in Rome, Muziek Centrum Nederland, Musik der Jahrhunderte, and the National Theater and Concert Hall of Taiwan, in addition to multiple grants and awards from ASCAP, the Bogliasco Foundation, Copland House, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), MacDowell, New Music USA, the Siemens Musikstiftung, and Yaddo.
His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at numerous major festivals — the New York Philharmonic Biennial, Berliner Festspiele, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Shanghai New Music Week (上海当代音乐周), ISCM World Music Days, and many others in over twenty countries on six continents. Other performances include those by members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Ensemble Modern, the ASKO / Schönberg Ensemble, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orchestra of the League of Composers. His chamber music has been premiered, performed and recorded by a long list of soloists and ensembles such as the Daedalus, JACK, Mivos, and Pacifica string quartets, the Adapter, Aleph, Argento, Dal Niente, Divertimento, Insomnio, SurPlus, and Talea ensembles, and his colleagues David Gordon, Donna Shin, Cristina Valdés, Cuong Vu, and Bonnie Whiting. His published music is distributed by Alexander Street Press (US) and Babel Scores (France). Recordings of his music appear on the New World and Albany record labels and have been featured in numerous national and international broadcasts.
Before joining the University of Washington, Hodge taught composition at Columbia University, where he earned his M.A. and D.M.A. studying with Fred Lerdahl, George Lewis, and Tristan Murail. Prior to this, he studied composition, theory, and new media at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, with Marco Stroppa and Georg Wötzer as well as music, German literature and philosophy at the University of Oregon and the Universität Stuttgart. He has been a visiting professor/invited lecturer on music and aesthetics at a variety of institutions including the University of Chicago, CNMAT/UC Berkeley, UCSD, Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and the Universität der Künste in Berlin, and he served for three years as the director of the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop at the Seattle Symphony.
- Time is the substance I am made of recorded on Breakthrough and Rebirth — Renaissance and Contemporary Choral Works (破繭與重生－文藝復興vs.當代合唱音樂作品集).Taipei Chamber Singers, Chen Yun Hung, cond. Taipei, Taiwan: TCS Records (TCS-P12-1712). 2018.
- Apophenia — performed by Ensemble Dal Niente on Second Inversion
- Transfigured Etudes: Distant, like a gathering storm | Interlude I – echoes... | après L'ange du foyer | Interlude II – ...phantoms | Omen, unscroll a canon war! (hommage à Nancarrow) recorded on Piano Character Pieces from Four Continents, Richard Zimdars, Piano. Troy, NY: Albany Records (TROY1558). 2015.
- Départ for solo violin recorded on For Tristan Murail. Huck Hodge, composer, Leah Asher, violin. New York, NY: Columbia University. 2012.
- Life Is Endless Like Our Field of Vision (monograph album). Talea Ensemble, James Baker, conductor; JACK Quartet; Huck Hodge, piano, melodica & computer. Brooklyn, NY: New World Records. 2014.
- Huck Hodge: Alêtheia performed by l'Ensemble Aleph (Paris) | Insomnio Ensemble (Amsterdam)
- Huck Hodge: Parallaxes performed by the ASKO | Schönberg Ensemble (Amsterdam), Bas Wiegers, conductor
Summer 2022 A-term
Summer 2016 A-term
Summer 2015 A-term
Summer 2014 A-term
- UW Music in the Community: Upcoming Performances and Premieres - January 24, 2020
- Awards, residencies, for faculty composer Huck Hodge - January 31, 2019
- Faculty Notes: Winter 2019 - January 22, 2019
- UW Perspectives: Inspired by Ives - April 23, 2018
- Faculty News: Spring 2018 - March 30, 2018
- Faculty News: Winter 2018 - January 29, 2018
- Faculty composer Huck Hodge awarded Charles Ives Living - January 29, 2018
- New York premiere of Huck Hodge composition to be featured in New York Philharmonic Biennial - May 27, 2016
- Faculty composer Huck Hodge leads young composers May 2 at Benaroya Hall - April 27, 2016
- Seattle Times: Well-orchestrated UW, SSO partnership blossoms with ‘[untitled]’ - October 23, 2015
- UW faculty composers featured in Oct. 23 Seattle Symphony [UNTITLED] performance - October 20, 2015
- Dal Niente residency promises 'bracing sonic adventures' - October 10, 2015
- Music is Our Research: Recent publications and recordings - January 26, 2015
- Faculty Update: Summer 2014-Winter 2015 - January 26, 2015
- WNYC Radio's New Sounds explores work of Hodge - December 5, 2014
- Composer Hodge honored by International Society for Contemporary Music - September 23, 2014
- Leading chamber groups to premiere new Hodge commissions - January 16, 2014
- Another composition win for assistant professor Huck Hodge - April 1, 2013
- Arts collaborations under way throughout 2012-13 - November 29, 2012
- Huck Hodge continues winning streak with Guggenheim Award - May 17, 2012
- Huck Hodge honored by American Academy of Arts and Letters - March 20, 2012
- Huck Hodge awarded commission by Music at the Anthology - September 30, 2011
- College Band Directors to convene at UW March 23-26 - March 13, 2011
- Composer Huck Hodge awarded the Rome Prize - April 16, 2010
- School of Music composers in the spotlight Feb. 16 - February 11, 2010
- Composition Studio with UW Modern Music Ensemble - December 2, 2023 - 7:30pm
- Guest Composer Concert: Seattle-Isfahan Project - October 28, 2023 - 7:30pm
- Modern Music Ensemble with UW Composition Students - May 26, 2023 - 7:30pm
- Guest Artist Concert: Ensemble Dal Niente: Music of UW Faculty Composers - April 14, 2023 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio: Cacoëthes obstrependi - December 3, 2022 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio: In a weightless quiet - March 5, 2022 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio: Chthonic collaborationists - December 3, 2021 - 7:30pm
- CompLab Colloquium: Huck Hodge - January 31, 2020 - 12:30pm
- Music of Today: Bonnie Whiting, percussion; Cristina Valdés, keyboards - May 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio with UW Modern Music Ensemble - April 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio - December 1, 2018 - 7:30pm
- Music of Today: Mivos Quartet - October 23, 2018 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio with the Inverted Space Ensemble - June 2, 2018 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio: Comprovisation - March 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
- Composition Studio - December 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
- THEME Lecture: Huck Hodge - December 1, 2017 - 2:30pm
- Composers Studio Series - May 31, 2017 - 7:30pm
- Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Alumni Bands: Home - May 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
- Sound Lab - June 4, 2016 - 5:00pm
- Sound Lab - December 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
- Music of Today: Ensemble Dal Niente - October 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
- Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, and Concert Bands;Prized: Premio Roma - May 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
- Soundlab - March 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
- Guest Artist Concert: Adrian Fung, Cello - October 2, 2014 - 7:30pm