photo by Susan Wilson
David W. Hodgkins
David Hodgkins is the Artistic Director of award–winning Coro Allegro in Boston, which Boston Globe critic Michael Manning deemed “one of Boston’s most accomplished choruses,” Artistic Director of The New England Classical Singers in Andover, Director of Music at The Commonwealth School in Boston, advanced conducting instructor at the Kodály Music Institute, former Artistic Director of Convivium Musicum, and serves on the advisory boards of The Boston City Singers and the UMass/Amherst Music Department.
Mr. Hodgkins has performed with Coro Allegro at the Chorus America conference and the ACDA and GALA music festivals. He has made numerous appearances as guest conductor, panelist, and clinician, and his ensembles have collaborated with the Boston Celebrity Series, Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, The New England String Ensemble, The Terezin Music Foundation, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
With Coro Allegro, Mr. Hodgkins received the 2019 Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous programming and the 2012 Chorus America Alice Parker/ASCAP Award for their collaborative premiere performance of Kareem Roustom’s oratorio Son of Man, United Parish in Brookline Chancel Choir and Music Director Susan DeSelms.
Over the past 30 years, Mr. Hodgkins has conducted over 35 world and Boston premiere performances of works by over 35 composers ranging from Marianne Martinez to Arvo Pärt. Coro Allegro also released the critically acclaimed CDs Awakenings and In Paradisum on the Navona label, which feature contemporary composers Robert Stern, Ronald Perera, and Patricia Van Ness and soloists Sanford Sylvan and Ruth Cunningham. Gramophone magazine noted of Awakenings that “Coro Allegro, led by David Hodgkins, performs each score with fine balance and interplay.” Coro will release a new CD in the fall of 2023 which features Aluta Continua by Eric Banks, and Rage Against the tyrant(s) by Kareem Roustom, both commissioned by members of Coro Allegro.
Mr. Hodgkins has been featured in Choral Director Magazine, The Voice of Chorus America, UMass Amherst Magazine, Haverhill Life, and numerous musical blogs. He has served as producer for three award-winning CDs by La Donna Musicale, Laury Gutiérrez, Artistic Director, In the Style of... for Terry Everson, trumpet, and Shiela Kibbe, piano on Albany Records, and a CD of trumpet concerti for the Boston University Wind Ensemble and Terry Everson, directed by David Martins.
David Hodgkins received his Bachelor of Music in voice, piano, and harpsichord from UMass/Amherst, a Masters in Choral Conducting from Temple University, and fellowships in choral and orchestral conducting at the Aspen and Sandpoint music festivals. His mentors include Wayne Abercrombie, Fiora Contino, Alan Harler, James Roth, Gunther Schuller, and Paul Vermel. Mr. Hodgkins has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, UMass/Amherst, Temple University, and Clark University.