Violist Lauren Burns Hodges enjoys a varied career as a teacher and performer throughout the United States and abroad. Recent orchestral, chamber and solo performances have taken her to South Tyrol (Italy), Périgueux (France), Graz and Bad Leonfelden (Austria), Havana (Cuba), and seventeen cities in China. Dr. Hodges is currently Assistant Professor of Viola and Music Appreciation at the University of Florida. For six years prior to this appointment, she was Lecturer in Viola at Valdosta State University, Principal Viola of the Valdosta Symphony, violist of the Azalea String Quartet, and Director of the South Georgia String Project, winner of the 2011 NSPC String Project of the Year. During the summers, she has been a faculty artist at the GIYO camp in Brunswick, GA, the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MS and the Schlern International Music Festival in South Tyrol, Italy.
Dr. Hodges was a founding member of the Hausmann Quartet, completing two years as a young artist-in-residence on the Lyrica Boston Chamber Music Series and two years at Kent State University in Ohio as a teaching assistant to the Miami String Quartet. She was a fellow at Norfolk and Kent/Blossom summer music festivals, coaching with Claude Frank and members of the Keller, Tokyo, and Vermeer quartets.
As an orchestral player, Dr. Hodges has been Principal Viola in the Valdosta Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, Lyrica Chamber Orchestra (Boston and NJ) and in the Manchester Chamber Music (VT) and Texas Music Festival orchestras. She has also performed as section or substitute viola in the Jacksonville, Savannah Philharmonic, Coastal Georgia, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Mansfield, Lancaster, New Hampshire, Augusta, and South Carolina Philharmonic symphony orchestras and in the Eastern Music Festival Faculty Orchestra, AIMS - Graz, Aspen and Brevard Music Festival orchestras.
Dr. Hodges has given masterclasses, clinics, and performances at universities and festivals throughout the country, including Florida State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Governor’s Honors Program (GA). She has been a guest artist at Violapalooza events in Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA and she hosted three regional Viola Day events at Valdosta State University. In 2015 she premiered a bass quintet by Frank Proto at the ISB Convention in Fort Collins, CO.
Winner of the Narramore Fellowship, Dr. Hodges received her doctoral degree from the University of Alabama upon completion of her document entitled Coordinated Action in String Playing: A Comparative Study of the Teachings of Paul Rolland and Karen Tuttle. She earned a master’s degree at Peabody Conservatory as a winner of the prestigious Jacob K. Javits national fellowship and her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. Primary viola teachers include Daniel Sweaney, Victoria Chiang, and Frits DeJonge. Her pedagogy training is from Rebecca Henry (Peabody Preparatory Division) and Suzuki certification from teacher trainer Mary Cay Neal.
Dr. Hodges plays on a copy of the Primrose Amati viola made for her by Gabrielle Kundert. When not teaching or performing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and infant son.