Nicholas Hodges (Viola) has appeared as a chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral musician in concerts and venues in the United States and Europe. Currently Nicholas is on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC, freelances as a chamber and orchestral musician in the Washington DC and Baltimore area, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland. A native of Mechanicsburg, PA, Nicholas received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Violin Performance and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Pennsylvania State University. He has been concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, served on faculty at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and as the Creative Director for the State College Suzuki Program. He was Assistant Conductor of the Penn State Philharmonic and Music Director of the Penn State Sinfonietta and has served as concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute, the Austrian-American Mozart Academy Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria and Music School Festival Orchestra of the Chautauqua Institute. Currently Nicholas has served as a principal member of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and as violist for the Adelphi String Quartet. He has studied violin with Timothy Ying, James Lyon, James Stern, David Salness, John Eaken, and Odin Rathnam; and viola with Michael Tree, Katherine Murdock, and Daniel Foster. Recently Nick won the audition and he will be joining the U.S. Army Strings in 2013.