Category: Hugh Hodgson School of Music

2nd Thursday to feature UGA Symphony Orchestra


UGASO on stageBecause of spring break, the March 2nd Thursday Concert in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will be performed on March 6 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center. The concert, featuring the UGA Symphony Orchestra performing Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major, is not to be missed:

Trained as an organist, Bruckner’s works are noted for their powerful and grand style, using the full scope of the orchestra to evoke the sound of his primary instrument. Thursday’s performance marks the first time the UGASO and conductor Mark Cedel have performed one of Bruckner’s symphonies at UGA. To commemorate the occasion, musicology Professor David Haas will present a special pre-concert lecture on the composer and his seventh symphony at 7:15 in the Performing Arts Center.

The concert will also feature Joseph Haydn’s Oboe Concerto in C major with UGA oboe professor Reid Messich.

Reid Messich joined the Hodgson School faculty in 2010, and holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Florida State University. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Japan, often under the direction of such conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto-Werner Mueller, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, and Mstislav Rostropovich. He is a current member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet.

Proceeds from these concert support scholarships in the Hodgson School. Get your tickets here and come out and enjoy some great music.

Image: The UGA Symphony Orchestra from 2011 - old photo but with some of our very favorite student musicians.

Piano recitals on Wednesday the 8th


anatoly flyerAnd just like that... 2014. Welcome to this year to us all and starting things off just right is the Hugh Hodgson School of Music with two piano recitals on one day, January the 8th, featuring some of the very best:

At 5 pm, the Richard Zimdars studio recital will take place in Edge Hall. As much as we wish this was a recital by the great performer and teacher (and Despy Karlas Professor of Piano), this free recital will give Zimdars' students a chance to shine. 

And at 8 pm, enjoy the music of Strauss and others as performed by the wonderfully talented Anatoly Sheludyakov. Staff accompanyist in the Hodgson School, Sheludyakov has performed much of the greatest music ever written, at venues across the world. We're lucky to have him at UGA. Come out and enjoy some extraordinarily high-quality live music. ($10/$5 students).

Hodgson School of Music Holiday Concert Dec. 3


Hodgson-holiday-concerts_0.jpgThe annual holiday tradition that is the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Holiday Concert continues to grow as the event moves to the Classic Center this Dec. 3:

The concert brings together nearly 300 student singers and instrumentalists from the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Bulldog Brass Society and choral ensembles. Led by Hugh Hodgson School of Music professors Daniel Bara and Mark Cedel, the performance will feature a variety of seasonal selections.

"Given the size and popularity of this event, we felt it would be appropriate to bring the Holiday Concert to a larger venue in the heart of downtown Athens," said Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School. "The uplifting and joyful music of this special time of year inspires the goodwill felt throughout the community each season."

Tickets for the program, part of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's Second Thursday Scholarship Concert Series, are $25 for the general public and $5 for students. For tickets, call 706-542-4400 or see

There is nothing quite like hundreds of student voices (and instruments) celebrating the holiday classics in song. Bara and Cedel do a masterful job guiding these large ensembles through a very entertaining program that is at once uplifting and accessible. A fun way to begin the holiday season. Get your tickets, proceeds from which support the 2nd Thursday Scholarship program, today.

Spotlight on the Arts 2013


spotlight bannerThis year's Spotlight on the Arts kicks off later this week, and in the interest of helping you navigate the tremendous volume of events happening all over campus, here are the events that are most fine-and-performing-arts-centric, in the opinion of your humble Chronicles blog:

The Lamar Dodd School of Art will hold a school-wide open house with special activities in the main building, the ceramics building, and the sculpture and jewelry and metals building on Nov. 7. The school also will present an exhibition by first-year M.F.A. students with an opening reception on Nov. 7, plus a B.F.A. exit show with an opening reception on Nov. 15.

University Theatre will present Pride and Prejudice during the festival, plus matinee performances Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Directed by theatre department faculty member George Contini, the production features a cast of undergraduate and graduate students. It will be presented in the Fine Arts Theatre, and tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center box office.

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music will present a concert version of Bizet's Carmen by the UGA Opera Theatre on Nov. 14 with an open dress rehearsal ($5 tickets) the previous evening. Other School of Music events include an afternoon concert by the UGA Wind Ensemble on Nov. 10 and an open house that day presented by the Community Music School with performances and an instrument petting zoo. Concert tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center box office.

The Department of Dance will present its annual Young Choreographers Series Dance Concert during the first two evenings of the festival. Tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center box office.

In addition there is a terrific film festival presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts that begins on Nov.15 featuring the work of local favorite Jim McKay. We know the arts never stop in our community - but the festival is a solid reminder of how important the arts are to everyone on campus. See you this week.

UGA Opera Theatre present Bizet's Carmen


Georges_Bizet_Carmen posterThe title itself almost conjures the Habanera melody all on its own. Such a great pleasure - the Hodgson School presents Georges Bizet's Carmen on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.:

The performance, part of both the UGA Spotlight on the Arts Festival and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series, also features the UGA Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, and Georgia Children’s Chorus, conducted by professor Mark Cedel.

“I would consider Carmen to be one of the top five most well-known operas,” said Opera Theatre director Frederick Burchinal, Wyatt & Margaret Anderson Professor in the Arts at UGA. “It seemed to be a good fit for Spotlight on the Arts at UGA, which seeks to bring the arts to a broader audience. Practically everyone knows several melodies from Carmen, whether they realize it or not.”

In addition to the contributions of Burchinal and Cedel, the opera also features choreography from dance department head Lisa Fusillo, scenic art from former Metropolitan Opera veteran Jill Biskin, and costumes, set pieces, and supertitles, from Georgia State University opera department director Carroll Freeman. Opera coach Kathryn Wright, director of choral activities Daniel Bara, and Georgia Children’s Chorus director Carol Reeves assisted in preparation for the production.

“Every opera is an enormous production requiring cooperation and a shared vision, and Carmen is no exception,” said Burchinal.

Fantastic, plus with a $5 dress rehearsal the evening before. Don't miss this great event.

Image: Poster for a circa 1896 American production of Georges Bizet's Carmen, starring Rosabel Morrison, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Nature of Music


Ethnomusicology is the study of why, and how, human beings are musical - a definition that positions ethnomusicology among the social sciences, humanities, and biological sciences dedicated to understanding the nature of the human species in all its biological, social, cultural, and artistic diversity.

The Hugh Hodgson Schol of Music welcomes UCLA ethnomusicologist Timothy Rice to campus on Thursday, Oct. 10, where he will present a public lecture at 4 p.m. in room 408 of the school of music on The Nature of Music:

“By asking questions about the nature of music inspired by anthropology and other social sciences, by feminism and other social movements, and by various philosophical traditions, ethnomusicologists have learned much about the nature of music as a human behavior and cultural practice in thousands of particular studies,” said Rice. “In the process, they have created a rich picture of the nature of music and its significance for human life.”

Rice, whose specialty is traditional music of southeastern Europe, will examine how and why human beings are musical in an interdisciplinary presentation.

The lecture is presented by the Hodgson School in affiliation with the Athens Music Project, a Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster. The event is free and open to the public.

UGA Wind Ensemble, Concert on Lawn


In what is becoming a terrific campus tradition each fall, the UGA Wind Ensemble, under Director of Bands John Lynch, will present a free Concert on the Lawn on North Campus, Friday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Bring your friends and office colleagues (and lunch) and come down to the North Campus quad for some pop selections and light classics from one of the Hodgson School's premiere large ensembles. Here's a video from the first concert in 2011:




Music student wins top international competition


Jean_Martin-Williams-and-Lauren-HuntBig congratulations to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and DMA student Lauren Hunt:

University of Georgia doctor of musical arts student Lauren Hunt took first prize Sept. 1 in the International Horn Competition of America's university division. Hunt, who began her studies this fall in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, competed against 53 other hornists for the title.

The International Horn Competition of America was founded in 1975 to promote higher performance standards for domestic hornists. In time, its mission expanded to include international artists who compete every other year in the event's professional and university divisions. This year's competition, held on campus at Kentucky's University of Louisville, included performers from 21 states and 10 countries.

"Everyone hopes to win at competitions like this, but my main goal was to make it past the first round," Hunt said. "Once I had accomplished that, I simply made it a point to have fun and enjoy playing my instrument. I think that's a big reason why I performed as well as I did."

When it comes to the top music schools in the country, awards like this really tell the story. That Lauren is new to UGA and chose to bring her talents here for her doctoral education speaks volumnes about our faculty. Congratulations to our brass faculty members, and especially Jean Martin-Williams and Richard Deane. 

Image: Horn professor Dr. Jean Martin-Williams with Lauren Hunt.

Engaging Students and Communities in Music Research


The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music present a lecture by a noted expert on bringing research into communities and vice-versa. Carol Muller, a South African-born Ethnomusicologist at the University of Pennsylvannia, will speak at the Hodgson Schoo, at 4 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5 in room 408. 

Muller has published widely on South African music at home and abroad. Her books include Rituals of Fertility and the Sacrifice of Desire: Nazarite Women's Performance in South Africa (Chicago with CD Rom); Focus: South African Music (Routledge with CD); Shembe Hymns (Univ. of KwaZulu Natal, with CD) and with jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz. She is currently writing a book, Musically Connected (Oxford) that will be used for future iterations of the Coursera course, Listening to World Music.

Muller's visit to UGA is part of Athens Music Project Willson Center Reseach Cluster led by Hodgson School faculty members Susan Thomas and Jean Kidula. The lecture is free and open to the pubic, a great opportunity to learn about academically-based community service from one of the leading thinkers in the field. 

Music Scholarship: Power in the Progress


The Hugh Hodgson School of Music is renowned for training some of the best conductors, vocalists, cellists, violinists and other instrumental performers in the country. Many of these UGA graduates go on to outstanding international careers and we take great pride in their accomplishments. The Hodgson School also trains some of the best music teachers in America and its impact on the future of the arts in the classroom is at least as important as bringing some of the world's most beautiful music to campus. Indeed these are not exclusive of each other and function wonderfully together. But it's important to note that progress in the classroom hinges on scholarship, as this article from Hodgson school alum Josh Boyd illustrates, UGA music scholars continue to uncover methods for helping students to higher levels of musicianship:

"Power in the Progress System" created by H. Dwight Satterwhite, a professor at the University of Georgia is based on the idea that students will exceed expectations when they have an incentive program that provides constant positive reinforcement as well as a clearly charted path to success.

Sounds simple enough. But it takes a great amount of engagement with teaching to get to a point where one can explain something that sounds obvious. The article lays out the steps of the program and importantly how it "revolutionized our band program" at a middle school in Georgia, one venue among thousands where some of our alums do their best work.

* Thanks to the commenter. Article previously referred to another HHSOM Josh Byrd instead of the correct alum, Joshua Boyd. Apologies.