Nikki Hill (MM '11) is the latest graduate of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music to earn a spot in a prestigious US military band: the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. 

“Nikki is a highly talented and motivated clarinetist with a beautiful sound, solid technique and an innate musicality," said D. Ray McClellan, professor of clarinet. "She worked very hard to make significant strides in her playing while at UGA and she continued to push herself to higher levels beyond graduation. ...

Jacob Powers, an alumnus of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s percussion area, is the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s (LPO) new principal percussionist.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, May 17 that the UGA alum would be joining the New Orleans-based orchestra, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

"When Jacob won the principal percussion position with the Louisiana Philharmonic we were, of course, thrilled, but it came as no surprise to us,” said Timothy K. Adams Jr., chair of the School of Music...

Elizabeth and Bradley Robinson

College couples become married couples all the time, but how often do those couples work in the same field? How about in the same place?

Bradley and Elizabeth (Liz) Robinson, from the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, did just that when they both auditioned—and were subsequently selected—for the US Air Force Band of the West.

“It was a dream of ours to both find jobs in the same area, to say nothing of playing for the same band,” said Bradley.

Bradley, a doctoral percussion student, and Elizabeth, a 2015 Master of Music–Performance in flute...

Rachel Matz, 2016 DMA–Performance graduate of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, is the newest faculty member at the University of Florida’s School of Music.

Matz will teach tuba and euphonium in Gainesville beginning in the fall 2016 semester.

“Rachel is not only a very talented player and effective teacher, but also an incredibly hard worker who is totally committed to constant improvement,” said David Zerkel, professor of tuba and euphonium at UGA. “Her students in Gainesville will be in good hands.”


Lineage Percussion, a percussion trio from the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, made history at last weekend’s 2016 Fischoff Competition in South Bend, Ind., by becoming the first percussion group finalist in the competition’s 43 years.

Lineage, composed of percussion students Trevor Barroero, Lauren Floyd and Wesley Sumpter, received third place in the Senior Wind Division of the Fischoff Competition, which bills itself as the nation’s largest chamber music competition.


The Hodgson Wind Ensemble, one of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s premier large ensembles, recently won a performance spot at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference.

The Ensemble, directed by Cynthia Johnston Turner, director of bands and wind ensembles at the School of Music, submitted several recordings from concerts last fall. After a blind audition, they were selected, along with eight other prestigious bands, to perform at...

The Hodgson Singers, the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s premier vocal ensemble, will perform in Hodgson Concert Hall on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m., putting a bow on their first-ever professional recording project. 

The forthcoming CD, to be released by Loft Recordings, will feature several pieces performed during this concert, titled “Grace Immaculate: Prayers and Love Songs from the Heart.”

“The inspiration for this CD, and the concert that will conclude our recording sessions, is to present high quality...

An alumna/student piano duo from the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music received first prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.

Soojung Jeon (DMA-Performance ’15) and Yoonsook Song, a DMA-performance student, will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 22, as a result of earning top honors in the College/Professional division of the competition.

The judges of the competition praised the duo’s “depth of interpretation, musicality, and technical expertise.” 

“Both of these pianists are very fine...

Sixteen UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music students were recognized at this year’s Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) auditions.

Held on April 9 and 16, the event allowed students of various ages and musical disciplines—College Piano, Voice, Instrumental Concerto, Strings, Woodwinds/Brass—to compete for the rating of “OP,” or Outstanding Performer, and the chance to take part in a “winner’s recital” at the state GMTA conference next fall.

“These are a yearly chance for college performers to prepare three solo pieces of their choosing and perform...

The choral program at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music is preparing its final concert of the season, happening in Ramsey Concert Hall on Monday, April 25, at 3:35 p.m.

The concert will feature student conductors, singers, and instrumentalists in a performance of recitatives and arias from cantatas, operas, and oratorios. Each singer will perform selections from large Baroque vocal works.

“This recital is not only a relevant academic exercise for us as student conductors, but also an exciting opportunity to showcase UGA’s amazing singers in a...