Kathryn Goodson

Collaborative Pianist & Coach


Kathryn Goodson, collaborative pianist, teacher and coach, has enjoyed an international career for three decades. Called “générateur de couleurs et de lumières” by the Journal de Genève, she commands a vast repertoire, ranging from baroque through contemporary and improvisatory genres, with particular affinity for wind instrumental and vocal music. She also collaborates with composers, a range of dance disciplines, and orchestral ensembles, an activity highlighted by performing Ives’ 4th Symphony in Carnegie Hall with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. At the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Dr. Goodson has served as pianist-coach since 2002; she returns often in this role to the George Shirley Vocal Competition, the Pokorny Low Brass and Cleveland Trombone Seminars, and other venues. In Germany she teaches American Art Song; across the U.S. she presents her signature course, Songs4Winds.

As a recording artist, Goodson produced and played on Belle Nuit, a Navona release of “sparkling heights” (American Record Guide), featuring saxophonists Donald Sinta and Timothy McAllister, hornist Gail Williams and bass trombonist Randall Hawes. Goodson also can be heard with McAllister on In Transit (Innova); on two CDs with Hawes – Melodrama (Albany) and Barn Burner; and, on three CDs of Italian-Jewish art songs with soprano Caroline Helton (Equilibrium and Blue Griffin). Goodson, Hawes and McAllister form a Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates trio, Vox3Machina, and can be heard playing Stephen Rush’s  “Lightrays” on his Albany composer portrait.

Goodson’s two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany fueled her drive for community engagement. Resulting initiatives include Ives Festivals mounted in Germany and the U.S. from 1996-2013, a groundbreaking Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Kinderconcert series, begun in 2005, and Concert4aCause, started in 2008 at Ann Arbor’s Northside Community Church. Dr. Goodson’s American degrees are the collaborative piano MM & DMA from the University of Michigan with Martin Katz and the BM in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory with Robert Shannon. She was awarded highest honors for the Konzertexam in Liedgestaltung from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai.

(photo credit: Kirk Donaldson)


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