In its second year and featuring guest artists, master classes, seminars and performances by students and faculty the UGA Bassoon Symposium jumps into full swing tomorrow morning at 10 am in Edge Recital Hall.

This year's guest artist is William Winstead of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

The 2010 Hodgson School of Music Holiday Concert radio broadcasts are scheduled for :

Thursday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

Saturday, December 25 at 9 p.m.

The broadcasts are on WUGA, 91.7 & 97.9 FM and on your computer at

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

UGA Collegium Musicum members are among the many Hodgson School of Music students who have been spreading holiday cheer, performing carols and holiday tunes at the Athens Regional Medical Center for patients, visitors, and staff, as well as in downtown Athens for local businesses and visitors by the Arch on Dec. 4 (photo below).  Collegium members also made a guest appearance and performed at First Baptist Church in Commerce on Dec. 5.


Dr. Jean Kidula and Dr. Mitos Andaya were invited to present at the First National Choral Workshop of the Choral Music Society of Kenya at Moi University in Kenya from November 21-26.  In addition to presenting sessions, lectures and rehearsals, both presented performances in the culminating concert of this inaugural workshop of the nation's newest music directors' organization.


UGA Saxophone Ensembles recital today in Edge Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, beginning at 6:30 PM.  Numerous graduate and undergraduate students will be presenting in quartet and duo format original saxophone works by Paul Hindemith, Piere Max Dubois, Arthur Frackenpohl and Russell Peck.  Performers include Stan Flanders, Paul Kimbal, Bart Walters, Andy Peeks, Brent Weber, Laura Eckhardt, Chris Allinger, and Kenny Baik.

Free and open to the public. See you there.


After a great (and sold-out) night last night, holiday festivities continue tonight with the second night of the Holiday Concert in Hodgson Hall at 8 pm.

See you there.

The Faculty Recital Series continues tonight at 8 pm in Ramsey Concert hall, when professor of clarinet D. Ray McClellan will be joined by two very special guest artists.

On Monday, D. Ray McClellan, clarinet faculty member at the University of Georgia, will share the stage with friends - good friends - during his performance for the faculty recital series in Ramsey Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center.

Soprano Sarah Shafer, 22, is the youngest...

The UGA Wind Ensemble presents Across the Pond - classic and new British band repertoire - tonight at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The concert features guest conductor Tim Reynish and guest soloist Brandon Craswell, performing Elegy for Miles Davis, in memory of long time HHSOM professor and trumpet great Fred Mills. This concert is free and open to the public.

The UGA Opera Ensemble's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S Pinafore" continues with an encore presentation tonight at Hodgson Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets for the concert, reviews of which have been stellar, are $15/$5 for students.

And don't forget about two special concerts this Sunday in the Athens area, one each by the  UGA African American Choral Ensemble and the Collegium Musicum.

From the opening night reviews for Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" in The Times, May 27, 1878:

The story may be told in the fewest words. A lady, Little Buttercup by name, and a Portsmouth “bumboat woman” by calling, who in her youth has practised baby farming, unburdens her conscience to the effect that she has exchanged in their cradles Captain Corcoran and Ralph Rackstraw, his daughter’s wooer; whereat Sir Joseph withdraws his suit and Josephine...