Over the years, the rich performance traditions of its various ensembles have molded the Hodgson School into one of the southeast's premier destinations for aspiring performers and engaged patrons of the arts. With a broad array of performance opportunities to choose from, students in these groups receive an intensive, well-rounded music education that prepares them for the world of the professional musician.
Performance experience for both music majors and non-majors is offered in ensembles of extensive variety. All degree programs require students to perform in both large and small ensembles, with participation in a large ensemble is a co-requisite of applied study.
Presently, the School counts three concert bands, Hodgson Singers, Opera Theater, the Redcoat Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Men’s Glee Club, University Chorus, Women’s Glee Club, ARCO Chamber Orchestra, University Philharmonia, and the Symphony Orchestra among its large ensembles. Smaller ensembles appeal to almost every musical interest, from instrumental choirs and historical ensembles to countless trios, quartet, and quintets across all the departments. In addition to these student opportunities, the Hodgson School also supports resident faculty ensembles such as the Georgia Woodwind Quintet and the Georgia Brass Quintet.
Each year, over 300 concerts and recitals are offered by the ensembles of the Hodgson School. Both student and faculty ensembles actively share their talents with the community, as well as tour internationally, building goodwill towards the school of music while simultaneously strengthening departmental fellowship.