Category: competition

Hodgson Singers take First Prize in Ave Verum Choral Competition


The great news keep rolling in from the UGA Hodgson Singers European tour, where they have won the Grand Prix Aveverum, 1st prize & best interpretation at the International Ave Verum Choral Competition, held in Baden Austria.

Here's the announcement:


And now some music:


Lots other great features on their travel blog, so check it out. Congratulations to choral director Dan Bara and all of our students.

Atmospheric sciences students place 3rd at WxChallenge


WxChallenge 2014 UGA team photoWhether it is weather forecasting or climate trends, our atmospheric sciences students in the department of geography are in the middle of the one of the most interesting and complex professional fields of our current day. And they continue to hone their skills against the best students in the country, earning a rightful place among them as they represent the Franklin College and UGA:

A team of students in the University of Georgia's atmospheric sciences program recently placed third overall in the 2014 WxChallenge competition, an online weather forecasting competition for students, faculty and alumni of collegiate atmospheric science programs.

UGA's final standings—just behind first- and second-place winners Penn State University and the University at Albany, State University of New York—placed them among several universities that lead the nation in the atmospheric sciences. The UGA team ranked just above the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Our WxChallenge team has placed in the top five in the nation in four out of the past six years," said associate professor John Knox, who serves as the team manager. "I think this level of performance reflects the high quality of our students and our atmospheric sciences curriculum at UGA—and our students' dedication to improving their ability to forecast the weather."

The competition's nearly 2,000 participants represented more than 50 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. From UGA, six undergraduate and six graduate students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences competed as well as Knox and UGA alumnus Chris Davis, who graduated in 2013.

"It's a fun way to learn," Knox said.

Indeed, and a terrific place to expand their professional networks as they add national recognition to their university experience. Congratulations and great job all.

Image: Left to right: Aneela Qureshi, Minh Phan, associate professor John Knox, Chris Davis, Josh Wood, Jordan McLeod, Kyle Mattingly and Alan Black. Not pictured are Jared Rackley, Matt Daniel, Dean Pryles, Brad Johnson, Lili Yin and Bryant Brough.

School of Music student places second in international competition

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Simon Wildman, a second year Doctoral student at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, was recently awarded Second Prize at the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany. The competition is held for tuba once every four years, rotating among other orchestral instruments, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious international solo competitions for many orchestral instruments. The field of competitors began with approximately 50 tubists from around the world and was narrowed through four rounds of competition, culminating in a final round performance of the "Concerto for Bass Tuba" by Ralph Vaughan Williams accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Theatre Plauen/Zwickau. Wildman was awarded a cash prize as well as future performance engagements and opportunities in Europe.
Wildman is a student of associate professor of tuba and euphonium David Zerkel.
Image: Wildman congratulated by the maestro at the competition performance.

Graduate Student Award Competition


Attention UGA graduate students: a competition sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the university will select a particularly promising graduate student for an award to attend the 10-week experience at Singularity University (SU) this coming summer.

The competition submission deadline is March 21, 2012.  Interviews with the finalists will be held April 10, 2012, 1:00-4:00 pm.  Complete eligibility requirements, application information, and submission instructions can be found on the Graduate School website.