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Daniel Bara, director of choral activities in the Hodgson School, conducts the Hodgson Singers as they perform at Stadtpfarrkirche St. Stephan in Baden, Austria. (Credit: Christian Schoerg)

Hodgson Singers Win Big in Baden

The University of Georgia Hodgson Singers, the flagship choral ensemble of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, won both first prize and the Grand Prix Ave Verum at the prestigious International Choral Competition Ave Verum on May 24 in Baden, Austria. The four-day event featured performances by choirs from the U.S., Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria and the Philippines, each evaluated by an international panel of judges. "I am overwhelmed by the success of this choir on this tour of beautiful cathedrals in the Czech Republic and Austria, at the (American Choral Directors Association) Convention in Jacksonville earlier this March and in this international competition," said Daniel Bara, director of choral activities in the Hodgson…


Art Rocks Athens 2014

Athens, Georgia is well known for its vibrant music scene. What is less known, however, is that artists from the era of 1975-85 gave rise to the music, and then their music went on to influence the art. Art Rocks Athens Foundation, a non-profit organization, was formed to explore and document that time period, and to present a retrospective of the work of artists who were living and making art in the vortex of creativity that centered on Athens. Through the conservation of both artworks and music-related artifacts, Art Rocks Athens Foundation seeks to make a verifiable record of this history and its lasting importance to the town so many people love. On May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, UGA Special Collections Libraries will host the Art…

George Contini, associate professor in the department of theatre and film studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, gives students advice on how to make a living as an actor during a panel discussion that was part of the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival. Photo by Ian Branam

No Business Like Show Business

It's a familiar story for many college students. They find something about which they are passionate, like painting or singing, and their parents worry they will never find a job. "My dad told me that (music) is a great avocation, but you need to find a vocation," said Rob Gibson, who received a bachelor's degree from UGA in 1981. Gibson participated in a panel discussion that was part of the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival in which he and others used data and their personal experiences to show that art is a realistic career path. Today, Gibson is the executive and artistic director for the Savannah Music Festival, an event that earns $3.5 million every year. Seven other alumni and faculty panelists shared similar success stories…

Carissa DiCindio, curator of education at the Georgia Museum of Art, teaches a service-learning course called

Curator Takes Teaching Beyond the Classroom

Lecturing students is a common practice for a university professor to do in a classroom.  However, Carissa DiCindio, curator of education at the Georgia Museum of Art, rejects the practice of lecturing-and the traditional classroom setting. DiCindio, who teaches a unique special topics and service-learning course called "Engaging Art Museum Audiences as Student Docents," believes that in order for her students to truly gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject, they need to experience the process of museum tours firsthand. Students begin the course by shadowing a museum tour, reflecting on how the leading docent engages the audience and facilitates discussion around the artwork. This observation period is followed by students taking…

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