Jo Nardolillo violin
Brian Hodges cello
Betsi Hodges piano
Jo Nardolillo, violin
Violinist Jo Nardolillo has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, chamber musician and orchestra member throughout the United States and in Europe. As a champion of music by living American composers, she has commissioned, recorded, and given the world premieres of new works. She has been heard around the country on radio and television broadcasts, and performed with many of the world's leading musicians. In the 2006-2007 season, Dr. Nardolillo’s performances included concertos with the St. Petersburg State Symphony in Russia and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, live radio broadcast concerts, guest concertmaster appearances with American orchestras, recitals and masterclasses across the country, and recital tours of Ireland and Russia.
She has served as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Acting Principal Second Violin and Associate Concertmaster of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony, Principal Second of the Boulder Philharmonic, visiting Concertmaster of the Bangor and Waterloo Symphonies, Assistant Principal Second of the Annapolis Symphony, and a member of the Alabama and Youngstown Symphonies. Dr. Nardolillo has also performed with the New World Symphony and served as Principal Second at the National Orchestral Institute.
Dr. Nardolillo was an award-winner in both the recital and concerto divisions of the Seattle Young Artist Competition and was selected as a featured soloist in Dr. Suzuki's 88th birthday celebration at Seattle's Meany Hall. She was Washington State's nominated representative to the National Honors Orchestra.
Dr. Nardolillo earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Master of Music degree from Rice University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Certificate in Pedagogy from the Institute for Leadership in Music and was Mikhail Kopelman’s teaching assistant. Dr. Nardolillo has taught at the Eastman School of Music, where she received the prestigious TA Award for excellence in teaching, as well as Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Rochester, the Hochstien School of Music, the Levine School of Music, and the Gadsden Center for the Arts. Dr. Nardolillo served as Assistant Professor of Music at Mercer University, where she was named 2007-2008 Outstanding Faculty of the Year. She is currently visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound.
Dr. Nardolillo plays on a 1791 Johannes Cuypers violin and a 1991 John Newton viola.
Betsi Hodges, piano
Betsi Hodges, originally from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and her Master’s degree from Michigan State University, both in piano performance. Betsi recently completed a doctorate in accompanying and chamber music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the recipient of a graduate fellowship and assistantship, and was a member of the graduate resident piano trio. While in Greensboro, Betsi was a member of the piano faculty at Guilford College. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Michigan State Philharmonic and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. During past summers, Betsi has participated in the Rome Music Festival in Rome, Italy, the International Fine Arts Institute in Moscow, Russia, and a piano quartet residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has been the accompanist for the Eastern Music Festival, the Luigi Silva Centennial Celebration, the Bernard Greenhouse Celebration, and the International Falcone Tuba Competition at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Festival. She has performed with her husband, cellist Brian Hodges, as the Duo Navona at the Hampden Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as various recitals throughout the US and Italy. Her teachers have included Andrew Harley, Ralph Votapek, Barry Snyder, Thomas Schumacher, and Jane Allen. Currently, Betsi is an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University and works as an accompanist for Opera Idaho.