Conducting

Choir

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s conducting studies department features internationally recognized faculty, attracting talented young musicians from the United States and abroad. 

Conducting students at the Hodgson School enjoy countless opportunities to lead performances. Students have the opportunity to participate in and collaborate with the Hodgson School's numerous small chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and choirs. Additionally, young conductors can also gain valuable interactive performance and teaching experience by participating in one of the Hodgson School's numerous educational and community outreach programs.

Personnel

A former Redcoat, Mr. Akridge received his Bachelors (1987) and Masters (2010) of Music Education from the University of Georgia.  He was a Star Teacher state finalist in 1998.  Mr. Akridge is an active drill writer, consultant, and adjudicator.  His professional affiliations include GMEA, NAfME, and NBA.  Mr. Akridge lives in Bogart, GA with…

Dr. Bara is a past-president of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006). He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-…

Dr. Bawcum is in active arranger and composer for collegiate and high school marching and concert bands throughout the U.S. His conducting, arranging, and/or performing work can also be found on commercial recordings by such artists as Band of Horses, Half Dozen Brass Band, and Modern Skirts. He has also served as producer,…

Formerly, he served as Assistant Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, conducted New Jersey Youth Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble, was Associate Conductor of the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, and was Acting Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University.  His earlier posts include Interim Director of Choral Activities at San Jose…

Upon graduation, Cedel accepted the position of Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federale do Rio Grande do Norte in Brasil.  There he was Principal Viola of the Orquestra da Camera UFRN and violist for the Quarteto UFRN, which made several national tours.  Cedel frequently returns to Brasil to participate in festivals and…

Among other recent engagements, Cynthia has guest conducted the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, the Syracuse Symphony (“Symphoria”), the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Latin American Honor Band, the National Band of Costa Rica, the National…