The composition faculty of Michigan State University has described Michael Goodman’s music as dramatic, humorous, and energetic. Goodman composes for the people by combining classical music with jazz and rock music. Goodman’s influences range from György Ligeti, Jaco Pastorius, to Frank Zappa. With a diverse combination of styles, Goodman composes with the objective of creating a “bridge” between music of artistic value and audiences of all ages.
Goodman’s compositions have been performed throughout the U.S., U.K., Portugal, and Croatia by musicians, ensembles and festivals such as Sarah Lewis – 2nd oboist at Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eddie Goodman – assistant professor of saxophone at University of Arizona, Kelsey Tamayo, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musique 21, University of the Pacific, The Great Noise Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, Mise-en Festival, and Charlotte New Music Festival. Goodman’s Test Drive was the winner of the New Music Ensemble Category in the Michigan State University Honors Composition Competition and his Piano was nominated as a finalist of the Keene State College Call for Scores event.
Goodman received his Master of Music degree and his Bachelor of Music degree in music composition at Michigan State University while studying under Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, Charles Ruggiero, and Mark Sullivan. Goodman has also studied under Joel Hoffman, Armando Bayolo, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, David Dzubay, Kieran MacMillan, Marc Mellits. In addition, Goodman received his Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration at Florida State University.
Goodman currently resides in Modesto, CA where he is the development associate for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.