Tasha Smith Godinez

With over 20 years experience in both the harp and the violin, Tasha Smith Godinez is an accomplished musician and teacher. Ms. Smith Godinez debuted as a soloist at age 16 and has since graced stages worldwide.
With the harp, Tasha has studied with Isabelle Perrin, Elena Mashkovtseva and Susan Allen. She holds performance degrees from both San Diego State University (Bachelor’s 2005, Master’s 2010) and l’Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Corot in Paris, France (2006).
Ms. Smith Godinez has held the position of principal harpist for both the Orquesta de Baja California (Tijuana, Mexico) and the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (San Diego, California) as well as a handful of appearances with the San Diego Symphony.
Recent performances include the Monday Evening Concert Series in Los Angeles, a performance with tenor, Placido Domingo and invitations as soloist in the Mexico International Harp Festival (2012, 2016). As a soloist she has performed with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (2001, 20016), New City Symphonium (2008), Orquesta de Baja California (2014), Tifereth Israel Orchestra (2015) and the UCSD Chamber Orchestra (2017, 2019).
As a chamber musician, Tasha performs regularly with percussionist, Christopher Garcia as the Garcia/Godinez Duo, bassist Andrés Martìn and vocalist Leonard Patton.
A champion for contemporary harp music, Tasha is continuously commissioning and searching for willing and talented composers. She is passionate about breaking the perceived boundaries of her instrument and creating new sound while augmenting the repertoire for the harp. Some of the composers writing for Ms. Smith Godinez are: Michael Byron, Andres Martin, Jose Gurria-Cardenas, Michael Vincent Waller, Christopher Garcia, Christopher Adler, Bekah Simms, William David Cooper and Paolo Germiniani.
Ms. Smith Godinez’ discography includes a self-released solo album, Postcards from the Soul (2014) and her recording of Michael Byron’s solo harp work, In the Village of Hope, on the Cold Blue record label (2015). She is currently working on her third album, a compilation of all new works for harp, with a planned release in 2019.
Tasha teaches harp lesson in San Diego, CA where she is Professor of Harp at the University of San Diego (USD) and also directs the San Diego Harp Academy. At her studio, located in La Mesa, she accepts students of all ages and musical abilities. No prior musical experience is required!

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