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

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:

DANCZFEST: 3/25-4/4 – Click for the full schedule


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. Archival footage of the event will be available online soon.


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.


Mark Kilstofte is admired as a composer of lyrical line, engaging harmony, strong, dramatic gesture and keen sensitivity to sound, shape and event. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as "exciting and beautiful, consistently gripping," his music has garnered a growing number of awards and honors including the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, ASCAP's Rudolf Nissim Award, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award (three times) and the Gardner Read and Francis & William Schuman Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony. He has also earned commissions from the Dale Warland Singers and the Fromm Foundation. His music, performed regularly throughout the United States and Canada, has been featured on NPR's Performance Today and is heard in concert halls from Moscow to Bangkok.


UGA Composer Annie Leeth releases a new album, Recurrence

Recurrence, released on November 1st, 2018, has been praised for pitting "the classical past against the ambient present and future" (reviewed by Divide and Conquer). Her music may be found on Spotify and other streaming platforms.



Guest Speaker Geoff Knorr: September 13-14th, 2018

Composer Geoff Knorr is a 2018 Wilson Center Distinguished Artist and an award-winning composer, writing music for media as well as the concert hall.


Mr. Knorr has worked as a composer, orchestrator, sound designer, and mixing engineer on many video games, notably composing the scores for Sid Meier's Civilization V and VI.  Civilization: Beyond Earth won the 2014 IFMCA Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media award.


During his visit, many UGA composers both within the composition studio and in the video game industry met with Knorr through masterclasses, lectures, and informal meeting sessions.


Loop10 Concert: For the Earth

A UGA composers tradition, the Loop10 concert series takes place once a year (and sometimes once a semester). Once a topic is chosen, select composers are given two weeks to write a work, gather performers, and put on a concert. This fall, our composers stepped up our Loop10 game by collaborating with ecologists for UGA's Integrative Conservation Conference in September 2018. Videos are below (for more information on program notes and performers, please follow the embedded Youtube links):

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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