The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg
Endowed Orchestra Chair
Praised for his "musicianship and energy on stage" (Journal Inquirer), Joseph Hodge currently serves as the Music Director of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Hartford Opera Theater. Joseph graduated from the Hartt School of Music in 2012, where he studied conducting with Edward Cumming and was the Assistant Conductor of the Hartt Symphony Orchestra.
As Music Director of Hartford Opera Theater, Joseph recently led performances of Robert Ward's The Crucible and Aaron Copland's The Tender Land. Guest conducting engagements have brought him all over the country to work with opera companies and orchestras alike, such as the Charlottesville Opera (VA), Abilene Opera Association (TX), and Houghton Lyric Theater (NY).
Also a graduate of the University of Virginia, Joseph has worked with orchestras in Virginia, including the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Central Virginia, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He has previously studied conducting with Edward Cumming, Christopher Zimmerman, Kate Tamarkin, Kenneth Kiesler, and Joseph Gifford. This is his second year with the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.