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Hodgson alumnus chosen as LA Philharmonic Resident Fellow

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:53am

Congratulations to Wesley Sumpter (BMus '17), one of four musicians chosen to be a part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Resident Fellows program:

The cohort of four Resident Fellows will focus on their artistic development through orchestral, chamber music, new music, and education concerts performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in community settings. They will also have the opportunity to participate in tours with the LA Phil. Mentorship from LA Phil Musicians and assistance with audition preparation are added benefits to prepare Resident Fellows for future roles in major professional orchestras, including the LA Phil.


Wesley Sumpter is a percussionist and drummer from Atlanta, GA. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia under the love and guidance of former Pittsburgh Symphony timpanist Timothy Adams Jr. and former Tucson Symphony timpanist Kimberly Toscano. Wesley is currently pursuing his master's degree at the University of Southern California under the LA Phil's own James Babor and Joseph Pereira. Wesley has performed as percussionist and timpanist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He recently accompanied the Louisiana Philharmonic during their inaugural tour to Carnegie Hall, highlighting the music of Philip Glass and Silvestre Revueltas.


And just like that, another extraordinary UGA graduate is on his way. Congratulations to Sumpter, Toscano and Adams, the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor in Music in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Wonderful news - alumni success is always music to our ears.


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