Commission Administrator Thomas Goodrich

Music Background

Over 35 years’ experience in the music industry. Highlights include:

  • Musician: San Juan Symphony; Santa Fe Symphony; New York Chamber Ensemble; Bronx Opera Orchestra; Opera Northeast; Meadowmount; Breckenridge Music Institute
  • Conductor: Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program; Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra; Hummingbird Music Camp; Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra
  • Guest Conductor: Albuquerque Citywide Honor Orchestra; Farmington Honor Orchestra; Rio Rancho Honor Orchestra; NMMEA District VI (Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos) Honor Orchestra; Grand Junction CO Honor Orchestra
  • Clinician: New Mexico School for the Arts; Hummingbird Music Camp; Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program; Albuquerque Public Schools; Farmington Schools
  • Adjudicator: NMMEA All State viola auditions; UNM Summer Music Institute concerto competition; numerous Solo and Ensemble Festivals and Orchestra Festivals (Music Performance Assessments) throughout New Mexico; Colorado ASTA State Orchestra Festival
  • Composer, Arranger, Editor: Creative Spirit publishing; The Arc That Never Ends dance company; Sierra Grande Chamber Music Festival; ISCM Composers’ Competition;  film score work with NYU film majors; numerous arrangements for student ensembles
  • Collegiate Instructor: New Mexico Highlands University; Armand Hammer United World College; Santa Fe University of Art and Design
  • Private Instructor: The Goodrich Studio; Meadow City Academy of Music; Suzuki Violin Program of Columbus
  • Classroom Instructor: (12 years) Albuquerque Public Schools (itinerant, notably La Cueva HS, Desert Ridge MS); The Menaul School; Denver School of the Arts; Courses delivered orchestra-string, symphonic; chamber music; private lessons; band-concert, marching, jazz; chorus; beginning classical guitar, guitar ensemble; piano; music theory and ear training; composition / IB composition coaching
  • Licensure: New Mexico Level III Instructional Leader license with endorsements in Performing Arts, expires 30 June 2028; Colorado K-12 Professional Teaching License

Administrative Background

Highlights include:

  • Founder: New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund; iHeartNMMusic; The Goodrich Studio
  • Production: Music from Angel Fire; Platinum Music Awards Show; Music Commission’s Art2Art programming; numerous NM Music Educators Association large group (MPA) festivals and solo and ensemble festivals; hundreds of music recitals, concerts, assemblies, and musicals; Colorado American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Certificate Advancement Program state juries; Colorado High School Activities Association 3-day state orchestra festivals
  • Executive Committee: Colorado ASTA Certificate Advancement Program
  • Director: numerous music booster organizations
  • Librarian / Library Assistant: Musica Sacra; Columbus Symphony; New York Public Library at Lincoln Center; Mannes School of Music Library
  • Treasurer: New Mexico Chapter of the American String Teachers Association
  • Secretary: Intertribal Ceremonial Board, appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham
  • Director of Adult Education: CNM Community College
  • IT Training Officer: Morgan Stanley worldwide Investment Banking Division
  • Administrator: NM Music Commission


MM Performance
Mannes School of Music (Manhattan) 1990

BME Music Education
The Ohio State University (Columbus) 1985


Westerville, Ohio


Golondrinas, Mora County

Hire Date

14 February 2015


Thomas has garnered over 35 years’ experience in the music industry, primarily as a professional musician and educator. Highlights are listed in the music background section above. The schools in which he has taught range from inner city Title I schools to audition-only national art schools. He specializes in string pedagogy and excels at working with students of any age, skill level, socioeconomic background, and identity, including English language learners and special education students.

Goodrich semi-retired in 2013. He currently teaches at New Mexico Highlands University and United World College, serves as part-time administrator for the New Mexico Music Commission, and is active as a freelance musician, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.

In addition to his love of music, he’s an avid gardener, enjoys reading, and aspires to maintain a daily Zazen practice.

Creative Examples

These examples cite Thomas’ work as a music industry professional in the private sector.

Composer: Rhapsody for Viola and Piano with Sebastian Schmidt-viola (Mandelring Quartet, Germany) and Eduard Laurel-collaborative pianist (The Juilliard School), recorded at Meadowmount in upstate New York. (c) Thomas Goodrich

Arranger, Director: Paul Hindemith’s Viola Sonata Op. 25 No. 4 1st movement arranged by Goodrich for string ensemble with permission of Schott Music Germany in recognition of La Cueva High School Camerata’s 2007 New Mexico Music Educators Association all state honor performance at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. The students performed Orpheus style, without conductor. (c) the estate of Paul Hindemith

Arranger, Director: Goodrich arranged Coldplay’s Viva la Vida for solo electric viola, string ensemble, and percussion for the La Cueva High School Camerata in recognition of their 2010 New Mexico Music Educators Association all state honor orchestra performance at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. Soloist is Lauren Kemme, who was a senior and principal viola of the New Mexico All State Symphony and Albuquerque Youth Symphony at the time. The students performed Orpheus style, without conductor. (c) 2008 Parlophone (world), Capitol (North America); written by Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin; produced by Dravs, Eno, Hopkins, Simpson.

Conductor: Sidereal Time by Ben Tomkins commissioned by Thomas Goodrich for the Denver School of the Arts High School Strings in recognition of their 2013 Colorado Music Educators Association state honor orchestra performance at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The work features a solo string octet which emulates the ethereal quality of space and, at the height of the composition, the orchestra divides into 16 parts to emulate the immensity of celestial bodies. Goodrich is conducting. (c) 2012 Ben Tomkins.

Musician: Opening phrase of Ernest Bloch’s Meditation in honor of Jistudo Alfred Ancheta (Zen priest, dharma heir to Maezumi Roshi, and co-founder of the Center for the Promotion of Peace) who passed away May 2020. Recorded impromptu by cell phone in one take. (c) 1951 the estate of Ernest Bloch; published 1954 by G. Schirmer.

In honor of the life and teachings of Roshi Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta, one of twelve Dharma Successors of Japanese Zen master Maezumi Roshi, and Dharma Successor of Bernie Glassman (Tetsugen Roshi) founder of the worldwide Zen Peacemaker Order. In Gassho, with the opening phrase of Ernest Bloch's Meditation.

Posted by Thomas Goodrich on Sunday, May 10, 2020

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Contact Information

New Mexico Music Commission
407 Galisteo Street, Suite 270
Santa Fe NM  87501

Office Cell: 505.469.1829