The Wind Ensemble has earned an international reputation for its artistry. Membership, determined each semester by blind audition, includes the most accomplished graduate and undergraduate UGA music majors. Employing flexible scoring, the Wind Ensemble performs works for eight to eighty players, and presents repertoire composed from the Middle Ages to tomorrow.
The newest orchestral ensemble at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music is the University Sinfonia, an full orchestra designed to engage all musically-inolved UGA students.
Approximately 45 players make up the Sinfonia, which specializes in appropriate orchestral literature drawn from all stylistic period, including works featuring Hodgson School soloists. The ensemble also serves pit orchestra for a fully staged opera production once yearly, in collaboration with the school’s Opera Theater and the University of Georgia School of Drama.
Comprised of Professor David Zerkel's students, the UGA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is a performance opportunity for graduate and undergraduate low brass students to play challenging music for their instrument while receiving class credit. The ensemble, which meets three times weekly, performs literature including serious original compositions for tuba ensemble, transcriptions of orchestral literature, and lighter arrangements. Much of the music presents technical challenges that students may not encounter in their other performing organizations.
With more than sixty trumpeters studying on campus, the University of Georgia Trumpet Ensemble is able to draw upon a vast pool of majors and non-majors to fill out its roster, and as such remains a thriving aspect of musical life at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The group has performed twice at the annual convention of the International Trumpet Guild, premiering two works for six trumpets, performing prelude concerts, and opening a Allen Vizutti's performance at the 1993 ITG conference (Maryland).