Commission Administrator Thomas Goodrich

Music Background

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

  • Musician: 1. San Juan Symphony; 2. Santa Fe Symphony; 3. New York Chamber Ensemble; 4. Bronx Opera Orchestra; 5. Opera Northeast; 6. Meadowmount; 7. Breckenridge Music Institute; among others
  • Conductor: 1. Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program; 2. Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra; 3. Hummingbird Music Camp; 4. Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra
  • Guest Conductor: 1. Albuquerque Citywide Honor Orchestra; 2. Farmington Honor Orchestra; 3. Rio Rancho Honor Orchestra; 4. NMMEA District VI (Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos) Honor Orchestra; 5. Grand Junction CO Honor Orchestra
  • Clinician: 1. New Mexico School for the Arts; 2. Hummingbird Music Camp; 3. Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program; 4. Albuquerque Public Schools; 5. Farmington Schools; among others
  • Adjudicator: 1. NMMEA All State viola auditions; 2. UNM Summer Music Institute; 3. numerous Farmington Solo and Ensemble Festivals; 4. numerous Albuquerque Orchestra Festivals and Solo and Ensemble Festivals; 5. Las Cruces Orchestra Festival and Solo and Ensemble Festival; 6. Colorado ASTA State Orchestra Festival; among others
  • Composer, Arranger, Editor: 1. Creative Spirit publishing; 2. The Arc That Never Ends dance company; 3. Sierra Grande Chamber Music Festival; 4. ISCM Composers’ Competition; 5. film score work with NYU film majors; 6. numerous arrangements for student ensembles
  • Collegiate Instructor: 1. New Mexico Highlands University; 2. Armand Hammer United World College; 3. Santa Fe University of Art and Design
  • Private Instructor: 1. The Goodrich Studio; 2. Meadow City Academy of Music; 3. Suzuki Violin Program of Columbus
  • Classroom Instructor: (12 years) 1. Albuquerque Public Schools, itinerant at La Cueva HS, Del Norte HS, Taft MS, Desert Ridge MS; 2. The Menaul School; 3. Denver School of the Arts; Courses delivered 1. orchestra-string, symphonic; 2. chamber music; 3. private lessons; 4. band-concert, marching, jazz; 5. chorus; 6. guitar; 7. piano; 8. music theory and ear training; 9. composition
  • 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

  • Founder: 1. New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund; 2. iHeartNMMusic; 3. The Goodrich Studio
  • Production/Stage Manager: Music from Angel Fire
  • Festival Site Director: 1. numerous NM Music Educators Association large group festivals and solo and ensemble festivals; 2. Colorado American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Certificate Advancement Program state juries; 3. 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: 1. Musica Sacra; 2. Columbus Symphony; 3. New York Public Library at Lincoln Center
  • Treasurer: New Mexico Chapter of the American String Teachers Association
  • Director of Adult Education: CNM Community College
  • IT Training Officer: Morgan Stanley worldwide Investment Banking Division
  • Administrator: NM Music Commission

Education

MM Viola Performance
Mannes School of Music (New York City) 1990

BME Music Education
The Ohio State University (Columbus) 1985

Hometown

Westerville, Ohio

Residence

Golondrinas, Mora County

Hire Date

14 February 2015

Bio

Thomas has garnered over 35 years’ experience in the music industry, primarily as a freelance 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 violin at New Mexico Highlands University, directs chamber music and coaches IB composition at United World College, and serves as part-time administrator for the New Mexico Music Commission.

In addition to his love of music, he’s an avid gardener, enjoys reading, and aspires to maintain a regular 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 and Eduard Laurel-collaborative pianist, 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: 505.827.6454
Toll Free: 1.800.879.4278
Fax: 505.827.6043
Email: Thomas.Goodrich@state.nm.us