#PeopleOfPeace: WPU Names Matt Hodge Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre

February 2, 2015

William Peace University is proud to announce the hiring of Matt Hodge as Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre. Hodge, who joined WPU in fall 2014, is responsible for teaching courses in musical theatre, theatre history, voice, and piano. He also directs and composes for Vocal MasterPEACE, the University’s a cappella singing group, and directs annual music and stage productions.

“Arts education is my greatest passion in life, and I feel honored to get to work in partnership with a University that is so publicly supportive and active in the growth of education.”

Prior to arriving at WPU, Hodge served as a full-time member of the musical theatre faculty at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY, and adjunct music faculty at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. His music has been performed in 46 states and 26 countries spanning five continents. Additionally, Hodge has worked with Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners from around the country, and has composed music for such recent projects as the internationally acclaimed feature documentary “Mr. Angel” (released by Breaking Glass Pictures and currently streaming on Netflix). Hodge has also composed for projects that have received praise by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, Fox & Friends, Radio Disney, The Advocate, BroadwayWorld.com, and MSN News. Hodge holds a B.A. in Theory and Composition and a M.A. in Music from Campbellsville University, and a M.F.A. in Media Scoring from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to work at William Peace University, a place where the arts and the students are heavily supported and encouraged,” Hodge said. “Arts education is my greatest passion in life, and I feel honored to get to work in partnership with a University that is so publicly supportive and active in the growth of education.”

“We are so proud to have Matt working with our students,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., President of William Peace University. “He brings a great deal of experience and knowledge, and is a much welcomed addition to the WPU community.”

“It is energizing to work with someone of Hodge’s Caliber,” said Melvin Gray ’16. “Knowing that he [Matt] is a part of the Theatre/Musical theatre family is amazing.”

Hodge has worked with numerous community charity events, non-profit organizations and after school outreach programs that bring arts education to children and teenagers. He currently resides in Garner.

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