The Dancz Center for New Music: Home

The Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music is the home of the Music Composition area at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Athens, Georgia. The Dancz Center facilities feature a modular black box theater and three electronic music studios, all interconnected via a network of video and audio feeds to form a robust space for the creation, performance, recording, and dissemination of 21st century music and multimedia artworks. Dancz Hall is an extensively equipped multimedia performance room. With flexible seating and computer controlled dramatic lighting capabilities, Dancz Hall provides composers, performers, and audiences with a unique atmosphere conducive to contemporary music, experimental music drama, student composer recitals, guest artists, electroacoustic music, and interactive performance. Dancz Hall is reserved exclusively for performances, rehearsals, and performances that focus on 21st century literature. DIRECTIONS TO THE DANCZ CENTER


SPLICE Festival IV Goes Virtual


The Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Dancz Center for New Music will be hosting the fourth annual SPLICE Festival in a series of online performances and workshops. Stay tuned for a full schedule in August. 

COVID-19 Rescheduled Events:

We regret that all remaining Dancz Center events for Spring 2020 have been postponed until further notice. In the meantime, tuned to our Facebook Page for links to online performances and recordings as we help to keep the virtual world filled with new music!

Spring 2020 Calendar:



Fall 2019 Events:

Student Composers Association Concert: November 27th, 2019

The UGA Student Composers Association presents a concert of works by UGA student composers.

Percussion Ensemble: November November 21st, 2019

The UGA Percussion Ensemble presents works by student composers Michael Flynn, Sam Hoyland, and Daniel Karcher and faculty composer Dr. Emily Koh.

Rote Hund Muzik presents: Murder Ballades: November 19th, 2019

UGA's premiere new music ensemble, Rote Hund, presents a concert featuring works by Kevin Day, Carlos Simon, Celso Loureiro Chavez and Bryce Dessener.


Guest Recital: Noa Even - Atomic: October 30th, 2019

Willson Center Distinguished Artist Noa Even presents a concert of works for saxophone, video, and electronics. Featuring works by Christopher Biggs, LJ White & Jason Charney, Emily Koh & Michiko Saiki, and Jose Martinez & Michael Bruner.


Guest Speakers:

Noa Even - Common Hour: October 30th

Willson Center Distinguished Artist Noa Even will give a talk, detailing the collaborative processes that resulted in her program "Atomic." The technological element of the program will be given special focus.

Dr. Dan Forrest - Comp Seminar: October 18th

Mike Pendowski - Comp Seminar: September 27th


Fall 2019 Student Composer Recitals:

Cameron Gwynn - Senior Recital: November 22nd

Badie Khaleghian - Master's Recital: November 15th (Edge Hall)

Sydney Doemel - Senior Recital: November 4th

Kathryn Koopman - Master's Recital: September 19th

Spring 2019 Events:


Fall 2018 Events:

The Rosetta Theatre Project: November 2nd and 3rd, 2018

The theatre and film studies department of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences presented an experimental work with the Rosetta Theatre Project at the Dancz Center in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, exploring cross-collaborations between animation, live acting, literature translations, voice acting, motion capture suits, quadraphonic sound design, and newly written music by UGA professor Dr. Peter Van Zandt Lane and Masters student Kathryn Koopman. 


Rote Hund Concert: October 30th, 2018

Under the artistic direction of Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, UGA's premiere new music ensemble, Rote Hund, presented a fantastic and challenging programmatic Halloween concert, including Mark Kistofte's Ballistic Etude 3.1, Andy Akiho's  NO one to kNOW one, In C by Terry Riley, and two works from George Crumb's Makrokosmos:

In preparation for the concert, composer Mark Kilstofte travelled to UGA to present on Ballistic Etude 3.1 and other newly composed works and to rehearse with the ensemble.



Music Composition at UGA

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s composition and theory area features internationally recognized faculty, attracting talented student composers and theorists from the United States and abroad. 

Composition and theory students at the Hodgson School enjoy countless opportunities to present their work, including frequent Student Composers Association recitals and chamber music performances, research symposia, and opportunities with visiting guest musicians. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in and collaborate with the Hodgson School's numerous small chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and choirs.

Click Here for more information on opportunities for UGA student composers.

For more information on composition and theory academic programs, click here.

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