Gary Hodges, cello

With the PSO since: 2019

Lives in: Amherst, NH

At what age did you start playing the instrument you play in the PSO?

I started playing the cello at the age of 18 while I was enrolled as a Music education major at UNH Durham.

Did you learn another instrument first? If so, which one?

Before playing the cello, I played trumpet through high school into college. 

Why did you choose your current instrument?

I was interested in the cello, so when I entered college as a music education major, I chose string techniques my first semester.

Do you play with other groups? If so, which ones?

I work with several chamber ensembles, playing recitals and other services. My website shows that various combinations of string quartet, piano trio, harp, violin, and cello are available to people who need fine music for their events. Also, I often work with choral groups.

What do you like about playing with a symphony orchestra?

I love being surrounded by the music and being part of a large group bringing great music to life.

How do you spend your time outside of the PSO?

I do play a lot of music otherwise and spend time taking care of my family, our house and yard.

I’m working with a string quartet on a program of dances we will be performing in the spring.

What is your favorite piece to play on your instrument?

I’ve been playing the Bach suites for solo cello for 40 years, and this continues to be fresh and interesting.

Tell us about your musical education.

I earned my bachelors and masters degree
from University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Any recognition or accolades you want to share?

Though I’ve been principal cello for the Portsmouth Symphony in the past (1990’s), serving in this capacity now, when the orchestra has attained such a high level of quality, is something I’m very proud of.