Aaron Hodgson (BMus’05) returns to Western to teach trumpet at his alma mater. The Vancouver native is excited to be back after studying at Yale (mater’s and DMA in performance) and teaching at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
“This is a healthy program and I’m excited to join Shawn
(Spicer) and Peter (Audet) and work with them to build the brass program and
provide students with new opportunities to perform.”
Hodgson also plans to create more events to bring students in wind, brass and percussion together for performances, guest lectures and “build excitement in the area.
“Regardless of what you go to do – teach, perform, theorist, compose – your primary undergrad musical outlet is through your instrument. It’s extremely important how much you can improve yourself as a musician. It’s really important to look at it this way. I don’t view performance majors and everyone else.”
Hodgson will perform a flashy Russian solo with the Wind Ensemble in February; a recital on the Friday 12:30 series in November; and in a competition in Pennsylvania in September. He also played at a chamber music festival in August.
“It was appealing to come back to a larger population base. Western is a great music school with lots of opportunities with teaching here. I have a nice balance of skills necessary to succeed in this position: active performer, diverse and interesting experience, and full-time teaching experience.”
Hodgson said he chose Western as a student because it was the best audition experience. “Everyone was friendly and accommodating.
“I want to a cultivate excitement amongst the students, to feel positive about performance and perform better.”