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Kathryn Goodson

Collaborative Pianist

Kathryn Goodson is a pianist, community engagement innovator, teacher and coach, noted for passionate lyricism and languages. Dubbed a “générateur de couleurs et de lumières,” by the Journal de Genève, she collaborates internationally and at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan with vocalists, instrumentalists, composers and dancers from a range of disciplines. Dr. Goodson serves as pianist-coach for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, the George Shirley Vocal Competition and the Cleveland Trombone Seminar. Signature teaching and community engagement endeavors include Amerikanisches Lied, Songs4Winds, Ives Festivals, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Kinderconcerts, Concert4aCause and a virtual mini-series begun in 2020, Social Distance 4 Social Justice. As a recording artist, Goodson’s Belle Nuit, a Navona release of “sparkling heights” (American Record Guide), features saxophonists Donald Sinta and Timothy McAllister, hornist Gail Williams and bass trombonist Randall Hawes. With McAllister and Hawes, Goodson completes the trio VOX3MACHINA, of the Great Lakes Performing Art Associates roster. Goodson’s artistry is further documented on Innova (McAllister), Albany (Hawes), and, for Equilibrium and Blue Griffin on three recent releases of Italian-Jewish repertoire with soprano Caroline Helton. As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Goodson was awarded highest honors for the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe Liedgestaltung Konzertexam with Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai; her American degrees are the U-M SMTD collaborative piano MM & DMA with Martin Katz and an Oberlin Conservatory B.M.


BM (piano performance), Oberlin Conservatory
MM, DMA (collaborative piano), University of Michigan
Konzertexam in Liedgestaltung with highest honors, Musikhochschule Karlsruhe

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