Dr. Justin Hodges is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music.  Prior to his appointment at ETBU in 2009, he taught choral music for eight years at the junior high school and high school levels in Killeen and Frisco, Texas.  Dr. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Tarleton State University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University where he  studied conducting with John Dickson. His doctoral study resulted in a conductor’s guide to Charles Villiers Stanford's Three Motets, op. 38.  In addition to his service at ETBU, Hodges serves as the Director of Music at Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview. Dr. Hodges maintains an active clinician schedule working and coaching area choirs. Past guest-conducting appearances include the Texas Baptist All-State Choir, The Heartland Honor Choir at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the TMEA Region IV Mixed Choir.  Most recently, he was chosen by audition and participated as a Full Conducting Fellow at the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Sarteano, Italy, under the direction of Simon Carrington.

What brought you to ETBU?

After teaching I was very fortunate to be able to work here at ETBU. My wife’s family is from East Texas and I have been familiar with the area for many years.  

What makes a student successful in your class?

I believe it is simply being open and willing to share personal victories and failures.  I find that when one or two students are willing to share something very personal near the beginning of the semester, there becomes and immediate bond, trust, and community within the group.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from your ETBU colleagues?

To always laugh and have a positive spirit, no matter the level of stress.   

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from your ETBU students?

That trust in the Lord, perseverance, and a positive attitude will take you anywhere you want to go.  I have seen so many students provide such an amazing witness for myself and others as they overcome obstacles in their personal lives and academic struggles.

How do you promote Christian Scholarship in your classroom?

I believe the main way we accomplish this in the choral setting, is by taking time during rehearsal to specifically investigate sacred texts that we are preparing for performance. We engage these scriptures and texts by having both large and small group discussion and explore together how these have affected how the composer of the work set music to them. We spend time trying to discover the musical clues and nuance that bring these texts “to life” while we discern how those texts relate to each of us personally.  We often share personal testimonies and discuss the possible personal, global, or eternal implications.


Justin Hodges, DMA

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, ‘09

B.M., Tarleton State University
M.M., D.M.A., Texas Tech University

Areas of Expertise
Director of Choirs
Choral Conducting

Professional Affiliations:

Texas Music Educator’s Association
Texas Choral Director’s Association
College Music Society
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia