Scott Pannell, assistant director of bands for North Cobb High School, conducts high school musicians Jan. 22 as part of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music's JanFest event at the Classic Center.

When 1,100 cheering high school students filled Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall to capacity on Jan. 22, it might have seemed like the culmination of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music's outreach efforts. But it's just the tip of the iceberg.

The Hodgson Wind Ensemble's performance during JanFest, a music festival that annually hosts over 1,000 high school students from Georgia and South Carolina, is an important, visible high point in the School of Music's outreach, but it's just one small part of the festival.

JanFest, which ran from Jan. 21-24, created a...

Noted saxophonist Vladislav Vals performs a guest artist recital at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Ramsey Concert Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. 

Vals, the official artist of Yamaha music in Russia, will perform a program spanning a wide array of saxophone repertoire that Wednesday night. Following the performance in Ramsey Hall, Vals will host a master class in Edge Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Vals is professor of classical saxophone at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow. Educated in...

Liza Stepanova Musical Mavericks recital

The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music will see one of its faculty members perform her first-ever UGA solo faculty recital in Ramsey Concert Hall on Monday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.

Liza Stepanova, assistant professor of piano at the School of Music, is set to perform a program she’s dubbed “Musical Mavericks,” which will include works spanning four countries and nearly 300 years.

Stepanova says the title comes from the composers’ penchant for writing “independently of the prevailing artistic trends of their time.”


The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music is home to hundreds of one-of-a-kind students, but the School will soon host a guest artist performance that is one-of-a-kind in the truest sense of the phrase.

Violist Elias Goldstein will perform Paganini’s 24 Caprices in a free-to-attend recital in Ramsey Concert Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. 

Goldstein, assistant professor of viola at Louisiana State University, was the first violist to ever perform all 24 Caprices—originally written for violin—in a live recital.

“I resisted for several years in...

The Georgia Woodwind Quintet, the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s faculty woodwind ensemble, is performing in Ramsey Concert Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. 

The performance features 20th century works from Eric Ewazen, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel. 

The quintet is composed of D. Ray McClellan, professor of clarinet, Reid Messich, assistant professor of oboe, Jean Martin-Williams...

Due to inclement weather, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music is closing at 2:30 p.m. today.

All JanFest activities for the afternoon of Jan. 22 are cancelled, and the following changes have been made to the schedule for Jan. 23:

Saturday, Jan. 23:
9:00am - Auxiliary Day begins at Classic Center
9:15am - SOM/PAC rehearsals begin
9:30am - FSB/CC rehearsals begin
JanFest continues as scheduled after this point.

A familiar face at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will go from collaborator to soloist when Anatoly Sheludyakov performs in Ramsey Concert Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m.

Sheludyakov, resident accompanist at the School of Music and an accomplished pianist who has performed on four continents, plans to showcase a number of lesser-known works by Tchaikovsky in his solo recital.

“Piano pieces by Tchaikovsky, with the exception of ‘The Seasons’ and a few others, are rarely heard on concert stages, and I’d...

The Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series opens the series' 2016 schedule with a slate of “extraordinary” music on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center.

Michael Heald, associate professor of violin at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, will join with pianist and fellow School of Music faculty member Liza Stepanova to perform works from Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert.

“The music being performed on this recital is simply extraordinary,...

The Hodgson Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) January performances take them out of the familiar setting of Hodgson Concert Hall, out of Athens, out of Georgia and even out of the United States.

From Jan. 4-10, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s premier wind ensemble will present a series of concerts and master classes to Panamanian children and young adults in less advantaged communities and donate gently-used instruments to music schools there.

The service-learning trip aims to engage UGA students with other young people in...

Hodgson Wind Symphony performance from Nov. 18, 2015

The Hodgson Wind Symphony (HWS) is in the running to earn another national accolade for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

The American Prize recently announced the ensemble as one of four finalists for it’s 2015 Band/Wind Ensemble award for colleges and universities.

Nominated with the wind symphony are ensembles from Illinois State University, The College of New Jersey and Baylor University.

“The competition this year is pretty stiff; we are finalists with Baylor...