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 will conduct Copland's The Tender Land in June 2017. Guest conducting engagements bring him to Texas each year to work with the Abilene Opera Association, and he is the Assistant Conductor of the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Charlottesville, VA.
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 first year with the Lutheran Summer Music Festival.