Trina Carey Hodgson

Cello Teacher, Parent, Administrator
Cello, ECC Teacher Trainer

Trina Carey Hodgson

SAA Member


Sierra Madre, CA

Trina Carey Hodgson has enjoyed a varied and distinguished musical career. For more than three decades Trina has honed her craft of musician and teacher. She has performed as both soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States.

Mrs. Hodgson’s performing career has taken her around the U.S. and Europe. She was principal cellist with the Graz Opera Orchestra and toured with them throughout Austria and Italy. As a member of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, she toured all over Scandinavia and northern Europe. She is a charter member of the Haydn String Quartet and the Amore Chamber Players as well as the professional cello quartet, Quatracelli! She has performed on tour with John Tesh, Joel Grey, Michael Bolton, Ed Asner and Rene Auberjonois. Mrs. Hodgson has recorded with the Bergen Philharmonic, the Norwegian Radio and the Pasadena Symphony. Movie credits include “True Identity” and “Steal Big, Steal Little.” Video game recording credits include Bio Quest. Currently, Mrs. Hodgson is the Assistant principal cello in the Pasadena (CA) Symphony and freelances in Los Angeles.

A registered Teacher Trainer she is a popular clinician at institutes and workshops around the world, including Korea, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, South America, and the United States. Since 1994, she has directed the Pasadena based cello program, A-Cello-Rondo. Mrs. Hodgson was invited to represent the American Suzuki Teachers at a special performance at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Japan. Her students have attended major music schools with successful careers in orchestras and universities around the country.

Drawing upon the performance and teaching insights into group dynamics, communication and creativity which she gained over the course of her musical career, Trina has created programs that help others enhance their leadership, decision making and communication skills. As a group facilitator, consultant and key-note speaker, Trina integrates musical performance into workshops and presentations in settings that range from the corporate conference room to school music programs.

Mrs. Hodgson studied at the Eastman School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music degree at University of Illinois, studying with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She received her Master of Arts degree at UC Santa Barbara, studying with Ronald Leonard. Other teachers include Tanya Carey, Alan Harris, Karl Fruh, Paul Katz and Irene Sharp.

She is currently serving on the boards of the Los Angeles Violoncello Society, ASTA-Los Angeles, and is a member of the orchestra committee of the Pasadena Symphony. Past service includes Suzuki Association of the Americas (Board Secretary), the Suzuki Music Association of California (Branch President), Music Teachers Association of California (Scholarship Committee), and SAA Conference Cello Coordinator.