Samuel F. Hodges, son of Thomas and Rowena Hodges, was born in Bellevue, Kentucky in 1927. A 1945 graduate of Louisville Male High School, Hodges went on to earn the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Louisville (1953), and the Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University (1956). Hodges served as accompanist for the Male High School Glee Club, Louisville Philharmonic Chorus, Louisville Choral Union, University Singers, Indiana University, and Tanglewood. He served as accompanist-in-residence at the Southern Baptist School of Church Music and was a faculty member at Kentucky Southern College and Georgetown College. Additionally, Hodges served as organist for Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, organist and choir director for Fourth Avenue Methodist Church, Louisville, organist and choirmaster for Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington, and organist/choir director for St. James Episcopal Church, Pee Wee Valley. His compositions number approximately 65, and are chiefly works for voice and piano or choir.