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Performance Opportunities


The composition area regularly hosts professional ensembles for residencies at UGA. These residencies allow students to work side-by-side with professional ensembles through reading sessions, workshops, masterclasses, performances, recording sessions and round-table discussions on professional development.

Recent visiting artists/ensembles include:

  • American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) (Spring 2024)
  • Nick Zoulek, saxophone (Spring 2024)
  • Vicky Chow, piano (Spring 2024)
  • SOLI Chamber Ensemble (Fall 2023)
  • Ravish Momin, drummer/producer (Fall 2023)
  • Will Lang, trombone (Spring 2023)
  • Clare Longendyke, piano (Fall 2022)
  • Transient Canvas (Fall 2022)
  • Unheard-Of//Ensemble (Spring 2022)
  • SpacePants (Spring 2022)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Robert Spano (Spring 2022)
  • Eunmi Ko, piano (Spring 2022)
  • Ensemble Vim (Spring 2021)
  • Hinge Ensemble (Spring 2020)
  • Noa Even, saxophone (Fall 2019)
  • Bent Frequency (Spring 2019)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Robert Spano (Fall 2018)
  • Departure Duo (Spring 2018)
  • Hocket Ensemble (Spring 2017)
  • Transient Canvas (Spring 2016)

Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble is a place for upperclassmen and graduate composers, performers and conductors to break down silos of genres, challenge conventions of traditional chamber music, experiment with music-making, performing, the performance experience. Recently, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble was part of a project with the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic! 



D@wgByt3s is an electronic music and experimental improv ensemble. Performing primarily compositions by UGA student composers, D@wgByt3s explores the cutting-edge of technology in music and multimedia performance. The ensemble works in a variety of environments (Max/MSP, Ableton Live, ROLI Equator, etc.) to explore the art of music composition and improvisation in the digital world. In Fall 2023, D@wgByt3s presented a concert in collaboration with drummer Ravish Momin.


Each year, one or more performance studios are designated to work alongside the composition area in semester-long or year-long residencies. These studios collaborate with UGA composers in the creation, performance, and recording of student works, through events such as listening parties, student and faculty-led seminars, workshops and concerts.

The 2023/2024 Dancz studio-in-residence is Professor Maggie Snyder's viola studio and Dr. Matthew Shipes' tuba/euphonium studio.

Previous studios-in-residences:

  • 2022/2023: Dr. Amy Petrongelli's voice studio and Dr. David Starkweather's cello studio
  • 2021/2022: Dr. Michael Heald's violin studio and Dr. Amy Pollard's bassoon studio
  • 2020/2021: Dr. Jame Naigus’ horn studio
  • 2020 Spring: Dr. Elizabeth Knight's voice studio and Dr. Daniel Bolshoy's guitar studio (joint residency)
  • 2019 Fall: Professor Angela Jones-Reus' flute studio
  • 2018/2019: Professor Maggie Snyder's viola studio and Dr. Joshua Bynum's trombone studio
  • 2017/2018: Dr. Connie Frigo's saxophone studio 


The three top ensembles at UGA—the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Hodgson Singers and Hodgson Wind Ensemble—host a competition among student composers on a triennial rotation. The selected composer works with the closely with the ensemble throughout the school year, and composes a new work that will be premiered by the host ensemble in the Spring semester each academic year.

2022-2023: Hodgson Singers | composer-in-residence: Claudia Beroukhim (BM'24)
2021-2022: UGA Symphony Orchestra | composer-in-residence: Dan Karcher (DMA'23)
2020-2021: Hodgson Wind Ensemble | composer-in-residence: Ayako Pederson-Takeda (BM'22)
2019-2020: Hodgson Singers | composer-in-residence: Benjamin Dawson (DMA’21)
2018-2019: UGA Symphony Orchestra | composer-in-residence: Sydney Doemel (BM’20)


The Student Composers Association hosts two recitals every semester in which works composed by UGA student composers are presented. In addition, the Women of Dancz Virtual Recital is held every March to celebrate Womens' History Month.


The Loop10 series challenges student composers with themed interdisciplinary projects, often bringing them into collaborations with creatives in non-musical fields. Recent Loop10 events have involved collaborating with the Fashion Design Student Association, ATHICA contemporary art gallery, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and the UGA Integrative Conservation Conference.