The UGA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Cedel, will open the 2015-2016 Second Thursday Scholarship Concert Series on Sept. 10.

Athens, GA ­-- The 2015-2016 Second Thursday Scholarship Concert Series begins on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with Mark Cedel and the UGA Symphony Orchestra performing a program featuring "The Planets" by Gustav Holst and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 100, "Military."


Holst's most popular work, "The Planets" is a seven-movement orchestral suite--each movement named for a planet in the Solar System--that has influenced and been adapted into a vast array of musical styles since its writing in the early 20th century.


Often known as the "Military...

Matt Norman (right) studies at the 2015 Alessi Seminar at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

The students of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music performed, competed and excelled across the globe this summer. Here are just a few of their highlights.


Matt Norman (MM Performance, Trombone) was named one of six international participants in the 2015 Alessi Seminar at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon (pictured at right). Norman was also the runner-up for the 2015 International Trombone Association’s Lewis van Haney Philharmonic Prize at the International Trombone Festival in...

Tim Adams Jr. and KImberly Toscano-Adams with students at the 34th-annual Cloyd Duff International Timpani Seminar.

The faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music stayed busy over the summer with performances, seminars and conferences on regional, national and international stages.


Timothy Adams Jr., chair of the Percussion area, and Kimberly Toscano-Adams, Instructor of Percussion, hosted the 34th-annual Cloyd Duff International Timpani Seminar at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music (pictured at right). Students traveled as far as Sweden and Argentina to attend the class. Faculty included Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra and Jim Atwood of the Louisiana...

STEW 2015

The Southeast Tuba Euphonium Workshop (STEW) will hold a series of free concerts July 5 - 10 in Edge Hall at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The performances will feature four leading teachers of the euphonium and tuba: Demondrae Thurman, Matthew Shipes, Benjamin Pierce, and UGA's own David Zerkel. The week will conclude with a two concerts featuring participating students.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 5
David Zerkel, Tuba

Allison Blumenthal, Piano

Milton Masciadri, professor of double bass. Image by Jay Thomas

University of Georgia Distinguished University Professor Milton Masciadri has been awarded the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts from the World Cultural Council. The award recognizes outstanding personalities whose work has had a significantly positive impact on the cultural legacy of mankind..

Masciadri, professor of music and strings chair in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music specializing in the double bass, is the first musician to receive the award in the last 20 years.  The award, presented every two years, is an...


Dr. Richard M. Graham, first full-time African American faculty member and former director of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, passed away Monday evening.

Graham held undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas, serving on the faculty of Lincoln University before coming to the Hodgson School in 1968,
where he taught music education and music therapy.

"He was a great friend to the university, to music, and to his many students through the years," said Dale Monson, current director of...

Stepanova. Photo courtesy of

Dr. Liza Stepanova has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, with her duties beginning this fall. Dr. Stepanova holds an undergraduate performance degree from the Berlin Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, with an accompanying masters and doctorate from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, she was named recipient of the Robert French Award for an outstanding dissertation.  

Recently, Dr. Stepanova served at Smith College in Massachussetts, where she taught applied piano and chamber music...

Van Zandt Lane. Picture courtesy of

The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music is pleased to announce Peter Van Zandt Lane as new assistant professor of composition beginning Fall 2015. Dr. Lane, who currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida will be taking over direction of the Dancz Center for New Music.

Lane marks the second Theory-Composition area hire, joining Jesse Jones this coming fall.

From Lane's...

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music 2015 Convocation will take place on May 7th at 5:00 pm in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Tickets for the event may be reserved by contacting Edith Hollander at or by calling 706-542-2701. The event will also be live streamed on the HHSOM website.

This year's speaker will be West Point Band euphonium player and HHSOM alumnus Jason Ham.

Members of the Whit Davis Elementary School Instrument Ensemble perform at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Athens, Ga. (Richard Hamm/Staff) OnlineAthens / Athens Banner-Herald

Whit Davis Elementary School students, under the direction of Rachel Osborne, recently performed a special concert in Edge Hall at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The event, covered by the Athens-Banner Herald, showcased what Osborne's students have learned over the past year.

For the third year in a row, the National Music Association of Music Merchants Foundation named Clarke County one of America's top music education communities.

To find out more,...