Westley Hodges is a church musician currently living in Chicago, IL and serves as the Associate for Music Ministries at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL. In his career, he has served St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Long Beach, MS, St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church, Alpharetta, GA, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, McDonough, GA, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Peoria, IL, The Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church, Gurnee, IL. When not working in the church, he spends time teaching piano and voice lessons as well as honing his own musical skills. Currently, he plays clarinet in the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band as well as often substitutes for the Lakeside Orchestra and Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Westley earned his Associate of the Arts in Music Education at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MS, studied Clarinet Performance at Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, earned a Bachelors of the Arts in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Women and Gender Studies at The University of Illinois Springfield, and is currently completing a Masters of the Arts in Liberal and Integrative Studies with a focus in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Outside of music, he enjoys spending time with his fabulous partner, Joe, as well as his black lab, Daylie-Lark. He spends a lot of time in the kitchen perfecting savory and dessert recipes and enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking and camping. If you would like more information about Westley or are interested in collaborating, feel free to contact him!
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