Faculty Profile

Patrick Godon

NMS Piano Accompanist Faculty


New Music School is fortunate to have Patrick Godon be our Resident Accompanist.

Patrick Godon made his debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May of 2007, playing one of the solo piano parts along with Mary Sauer in Colin McPhee's Tabuh-Tabuhan: Toccata for Orchestra and Two Pianos, with Alan Gilbert conducting. In March 2008, Patrick was the featured soloist with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. In 2005, Godon was the featured harpsichord soloist in Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No. 2 with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, along with Gidon Kremer, violin, and Kristina Blaumane, cello. In 2004, he was the featured harpsichord soloist in Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No. 4, "Symphony No. 5" along with Alicia Koelz, violin, and Somerlie Aston, oboe. Godon has also appeared as featured soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and in both 2002 and 2008 with the DePaul University Wind Ensemble in Hindemith's Konzertmusik, with Donald Deroche conducting.

Patrick Godon made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as second keyboardist at Ravinia in 2003. He was invited to play second keyboard on the CSO's 2005 European Tour and for the past four years at Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the CSO's MusicNOW Ensemble, having played first keyboard for George Benjamin's Antara and piano solo in Mundry's Panorama ciego in rehearsals, covering for Daniel Barenboim. The Chicago Sun-Times said of his most recent performance that “Patrick Godon…showed he firmly belongs in the realm of chamber music.” In addition, he served as rehearsal pianist for Barenboim and Deborah Voigt for Schoenberg's Erwartung. In 2008, Patrick began performing as orchestral keyboardist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed for two Dame Myra Hess concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, broadcast live on WFMT.

A nine-year member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Patrick served as principal pianist from 2002-2007. In April 2007, he was pianist for the Civic Orchestra's performance of Stravinsky's Petrushka. He has played under leading conductors including Alsop, Barenboim, Boulez, Colnot, Conlon, Davis, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Haitink, Maazel, Nagano, Robertson, Salonen, Slatkin, and Tilson Thomas. He has performed in Civic's chamber music masterclasses with Mitsuko Uchida and Thomas Kakuska of the Alban Berg Quartet.

Patrick Godon is president, artistic director, and pianist for the International Chamber Artists (ICA), a chamber music ensemble that he founded in 2006. ICA showcases a diverse group of young professional musicians and supports musical organizations through collaborations and financial support. Through educational components during performances, ICA seeks to sustain the future of classical music audiences. ICA has been featured on WFMT, at the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. ICA went on its first international tour to Germany from September 27 through October 5, 2009.

Since July 2003, Godon has been the Director of Music at Saint Gregory the Great Church in the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood, where he composes and arranges music for liturgies. He led the parish choir on a seven-city performance tour of Italy in March 2007 and led the choir on a three-city performance tour of Louisiana in June 2008. In March of 2009 he led the choir on a performance tour of Greece and Turkey, and in 2011 he will bring the choir to Ireland.

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Patrick Godon began his studies with Chicago Symphony principal piano Mary Sauer in 1997. He studied with Andrej Dutkiewitz at the Interlochen Arts Camp in 1995, and with Jacob Lateiner in New York City at the Mannes Beethoven Institute in 2001. In 2000, he studied opera coaching with Linda Hirt and Benton Hess in Urbania, Italy through the Oberlin Conservatory. He holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from DePaul University. He and his wife Keri are the proud parents of Gilbert Maurice Godon, born May 30, 2009.