Master Class Teacher
"Kathryn Goodson is an extraordinary pianist ... with astounding technique and refined musicality."
Pianist Kathryn Goodson, an international performer, teacher and coach, has performed collaborative recitals with vocalists and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2013-2014, she was a recital partner at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Stanford University, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the first-ever Alumni-Konzert at Karlsruhe Musikhochschule in Germany. Recordings of Ms. Goodson's work have been released by Equilibrium, Block-M and Innova and include collaborations with soprano Caroline Helton, saxophonist Timothy McAllister and bass trombonist Randall Hawes. Belle Nuit is a 2014 release of French romantic music, which Ms. Goodson curated and produced for Parma-Navona Records. Featured partners are Hawes and McAllister, as well as saxophonist Donald Sinta and hornist Gail Williams.
As master class teacher and coach, Ms. Goodson has presented Songs4Winds at several American schools and Amerikanisches Lied in Europe and Asia. She served on the piano faculty at Eastern Michigan University, and has been a coach/pianist for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance since 2002. Ms. Goodson's summer coaching venues have included the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar, the Fresno Opera and Orchestral Academy and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. As an orchestral keyboardist, Ms. Goodson toured throughout Switzerland 1995-2001. Since 2007, she has been a regular ensemble guest of both the Detroit and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras, performing most notably under Leonard Slatkin with the DSO in Carnegie Hall for the presentation of all four Charles Ives Symphonies.
Ms. Goodson is an energetic advocate of community outreach for orchestras, churches and music schools. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra KinderConcerts, free chamber music designed for toddlers, for which Ms. Goodson is original pianist, is in its tenth season. Ms. Goodson is artistic director of Concerts4aCause (begun in 2007), a multi-church benefit series in Ann Arbor, and she has been directly involved in the planning of three Charles Ives festivals.
Ms. Goodson earned a DMA in Collaborative Piano with Martin Katz from the University of Michigan. Other degrees include a BM in Piano Performance with Robert Shannon from Oberlin Conservatory, and the Konzertexam in Liedgestaltung (Art Song) with Hartmut Höll, from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, in Germany.
"[Goodson's] enthusiastic playing isn't merely an accompaniment to the singer or instrumentalist but a full partner and then some ... While Brahms's robust settings of Tieck's ersatz medieval romances are not among his most subtle or profound songs, Goodson's passionate energy made them wholly persuasive."
— James Leonard, Ann Arbor Observer
"[full of] authority and feeling ..."
— International Herald Tribune
"... exquisite specialist of German Romantic music."
— Tübinger Stadtblatt
"Kathryn Goodson attain[s] sparkling heights."
— American Record Guide