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TODD GOODMAN has been described as "one of America's promising young composers." His work has been played by principle members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Singapore and Seattle Symphonies. Mr. Goodman receives commissions from a wide variety of players and ensembles across the United States. With many performances in the United States his works have also been performed in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Goodman currently serves as the resident composer for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (lppac.org) outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also serves on the faculty of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (lppacs.org) where he teaches musicianship and composition to some of Pennsylvania's finest young musicians. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Goodman served as resident composer for the Beaver Valley Philharmonic who commissioned his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra [2008] and the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra who commissioned his Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra [2007]. From 2002-2005, Mr. Goodman also served as composer-in-residence with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra who commissioned eight works during his tenure, including; his Symphony No.1 “Fields of Crimson” [2003], Fanfare for a New Era [2003] Some Assembly Required [2004] for narrator and orchestra based on a children's book co-authored by Todd Goodman and Justin Cober-Lake, and Sketches of Home [2005]. He feels that the audience connection and participation in his music is vital to its success. He wants people to leave a concert feeling that they experienced a work rather than just observing.

Todd Goodman was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania in 1977. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Masters of Music degree in composition at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently finishing a Ph.D. in theory and composition at Kent State University, he has also studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with the European American Musical Alliance and at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. His principal composition teachers have been pulitzer prize winning composer George Tsontakis, David Stock, Frank Wiley, and Richard Toensing.

Mr. Goodman has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the American Music Center for his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra [2008], as well as grants from the University of Colorado Entrepreneurship Center for his work, Symphony No. 1 “Fields of Crimson” [2003]. Mr. Goodman has also won such notable prizes as the International Project Piccolo Rebirth 2007 Prize for his work Echos: prelude and dance [2007] for piccolo and piano, two prestigious Gold Farbe awards from the University of Colorado film department for his scores to two short films Hypnotic Reverie and Light Autumn by writer/director Ryan McVeigh, and two ASCAPlus awards. He has also won the 1998 and 1999 Anderson Award for composition and the Milan Desi Derri prize for his Concerto for Alto Saxophone [2005].

Todd Goodman's recordings include the February 2010, release of River of Sorrows on the Duquesne Unviersty Press CD Winds of Summer with the Duquesne University Wind Ensemble conduced by Robert Cameron. Also, the world premiere of his Symphony No. 1 “Fields of Crimson” was released through Wrong Note Media, Inc. in July 2003, marking the 140th anniversary of the subject of this work, the battle of Gettysburg.

Mr. Goodman is the founder and artistic director of the innovative contemporary art ensemble, Ensemble Immersion. The group combines music, dance, literature, film, visual arts, drama, set design, and creative audience interaction to create artistic experiences unlike any other.

Mr. Goodman's current commissions include a Concerto for Percussion, commissioned by George Willis and the West Virginia University Percussion Ensemble; Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, commissioned by Kevin McMannus; Mass for wind ensemble, chorus, and soloists; and an untitled opera project with librettist Stephen Catanzarite.

Mr. Goodman now resides in Midland, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Katie, sons Emmerson and Foster, and their St. Bernard "Thelonious."