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UGA Hodgson Singers announce honor, world-premiere at March 16 concert

The UGA Hodgson Singers perform during the next Thursday Scholarship Series concert March 16. (Photo by Easel Images)

The UGA Hodgson Singers will perform “Ambassadors: Music for Sharing” on March 16 as part of the Thursday Scholarship Series for the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music. This concert will include the world premiere of “i gained it so,” an original composition by student composer-in-residence Claudia Beroukhim with text by Emily Dickenson.

At this concert, the award-winning choir will formally announce that they have been invited to compete in the 18th Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition in May. Following a rigorous screening process involving the evaluation of live concert recordings and a review of past accolades and professional collaborations, the Hodgson Singers have been invited to compete and collaborate with choirs from around the world in Germany. Choirs invited into the competition are offered free room and board for the duration of the competition and festival and are featured in joint concerts throughout Bavaria with the other competing choirs.

The Hodgson Singers are conducted by Daniel Bara, the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music, director of choral activities, and professor of music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $3 for students with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, visit or call 706-542-4400.

About the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition

Since 1989, the choral scene has met every two years during the Whitsun period in Marktoberdorf at one of the most famous competitions for chamber choirs in the whole world. In the previous 17 competitions, more than 200 choirs from more than 40 countries have shown in the series of exciting competitions and unusual concerts what choral music has to offer today.

Visitors and representatives from international choral associations, competitions and festivals from more than 45 countries have always been impressed by the special atmosphere and flair of the Marktoberdorf competition. It is an event where, in addition to the exceptional artistic performances and the musical competition, meeting together in friendship is valued particularly highly. Here there is not only the competitive atmosphere of the competition. Here, the choirs introduce themselves to the others with their work and their history and work on new choral literature together with them. Evening concerts performed together enable an insight into the choral traditions of the different cultures. When celebrating together in the festival tent, new friendships are built up way and beyond all borders. And all this takes place in one of the most attractive areas in the whole of Germany, the Allgäu—which was already chosen by King Ludwig as a background for his world-famous castle Neuschwanstein.

The 18th International Chamber Choir Competition will take place from May 26-30 under the patronage of Claudia Roth, MdB and Minister of State for Culture and Media.