a homefor thoughtful low brass players

David Zerkel



Hugh Hodgson School of Music

250 River Road

Athens, GA 30602


DMA Student Joseph Guimaraes Wins Navy Band Audition

Joseph recently won the audition to be the next tubist in the US Navy Band in Washington, DC. The studio is very proud of this monumental step in his career as a professional tubist!

Tuba Graduate Assistantship open for Fall of 202

Joseph's win creates an opening in the Bulldog Brass Quintet, the graduate quintet coached by Professor Phil Smith. The assistantship covers tuition and has a generous stipend ($11k-12k per year). Materials for pre-screening are due on December 1. Visit the page Info for Prospective Students for more details.

Lots of Tuba Vacancies for Fall 2020

I anticipate 6 or 7 openings for tubists for the Fall of 2020! This is an unusual year. I encourage applications from undergrads and graduate students alike. 

Audition Dates for 20-21 Academic Year

Undergraduate auditions will be held on January 17 and February 1. Graduate auditions will be held on January 11 and 25. 

Zerkel Named Sandy Beaver Professor for 2019-21

Professor Zerkel was selected as the appointee for the Franklin College Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship for the next two academic years.

Spring Events

1/13- Elvis Yang Senior Tuba Recital, 7:30  PM Edge Hall

1/14- Josh Bynum Faculty Chamber Music Recital, 7:30 PM Ramsey Hall

1/17- UGA Wind Ensemble JanFest Concert, 7:30 PM Hodgson Hall

1/21- Matt Gordon Junior Euphonium Recital,  6:00 Edge Hall

1/23- UGA Symphony Orchestra,  7:30 PM Hodgson Hall 

1/30- Jackie Hartenberger Second Thursday Performance, 7:30 Hodgson Hall 

2/17- Riley Bahin Masters Euphonium Recital, 7:30 PM Edge Hall

2/25- UGA WE, 7:30 PM Hodgson Hall

2/18- UGA WS and SB Combined Concert, 7:30 PM Hodgson Hall

2/28- UGASO, 7:30 Hodgson Hall


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