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UGA String Project students display their completion certificates alongside their instructors, Hodgson School music education students, at the conclusion of their spring performance in Hodgson Concert Hall last April.

Every April, dozens of elementary and middle-school students take the stage of the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center’s 1,100-seat Hodgson Concert Hall. The music education majors who instructed them for a year or more introduce them, conduct them and play alongside them.

And at the end, when families crowd forward with cell phones pointed to the stage, the school children hold their certificates, the college students stand behind them, and the whole group smiles wide, all equally accomplished after a year of work.

For 16 years, the UGA String...

Athens’ storied musical tradition continues with the 2017-2018 Thursday Scholarship Series, the flagship concert series from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 

The concert series, which continues the tradition of “Music Appreciation Programs” started by Hugh Hodgson in the 1930s, features the finest ensembles, faculty and students from the University of Georgia’s music school each month of the fall and spring semesters. Proceeds from the series are a major funding source for many students’ music scholarships and graduate assistantships.

“The students we...

The faculty and staff of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music capped the 2017-2018 academic year by giving one award and receiving another.

Emily Gertsch, lecturer in Composition & Theory, was given the School’s inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award. This award honors a faculty member in the Hodgson School who has shown a sustained commitment and achievement in high-quality instruction.

A group of fellow faculty members approved Gertsch’s nomination, earning her the award and a $500 research allowance for the next...

Two alumni from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music were part of quartets which won gold and silver medals at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Ind., on May 12-14.

Gabriel Pique (B. Mus. - Saxophone ’15), of Fuego Quartet, and Brandon Quarles (B. Mus. - Saxophone ’15), of ~Nois, were named gold and silver medal winners, respectively, in the Senior Wind Division. 

“This is a marvelous accomplishment for these alumni and for the School of Music saxophone studio,” said...

UGA Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs

Hundreds of student musicians will join with faculty performers for a powerful finale to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s 2016-2017 premier concert season in Hodgson Concert Hall on Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

The UGA Symphony Orchestra (UGASO) and UGA Combined Choirs are set to perform Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and Mozart’s Requiem in D minor.

Elgar’s work opens the program, with Mark Cedel, director of the UGASO, conducting the orchestra through the fourteen...

The musicology/ethnomusicology area of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music received a significant, historical gift earlier this year when Mary Oyer, professor emeritus of music at Goshen College, donated over 70 antique and modern African musical instruments to her former student, Jean Kidula, professor of music at the Hodgson School.

“The instruments are some of the most classic that have been studied, originating from different culture groups in various African countries,” said Kidula. “The variety is staggering, even among...

The Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series finishes its 2016-2017 season featuring the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s assistant professor of oboe, Reid Messich, in Ramsey Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 18, at 8 p.m.

Messich will perform works from Jean Françaix, Carl Nielsen, Robert Schumann and Georg Philipp Telemann with help from assistant professor of bassoon Amy Pollard and pianist Greg Hankins (M.M. Performance ’12).

Messich serves as co-principal oboe of the IRIS Orchestra and has been a...

Enrique Granados’ 150th birthday brings faculty and students at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music together to honor the Spanish composer’s work in a special two-part performance event in Ramsey Concert Hall on Monday, April 17.

Over a dozen graduate students will perform Granados pieces first at 6 p.m., and at 8 p.m., a collection of Hodgson School faculty members will take the stage to continue the tribute to Granados.

Granados was a highly influential composer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose style is often described as uniquely Spanish....

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music will host noted music, media and ethics scholar William Cheng for a talk titled “Aesthetics as Eugenics” on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m.

The event, funded by a Distinguished Lecturer grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and hosted by the Hodgson School’s Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association, will explore how judgements of others’ musical and artistic abilities and disabilities can affect social justice and progress.  

Cheng, assistant professor of music at Dartmouth College, Is the author of “...

The final concert in the 2016-2017 Thursday Scholarship Series brings together some of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s best instrumentalists—including faculty and students—to perform three concertos in Hodgson Concert Hall on Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

The ARCO Chamber Orchestra and a graduate student wind ensemble will provide a lively backdrop for five faculty soloists to create the musical fireworks that will close out the concert series’ season.

The genesis for this performance began in a São...

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