Chad Goodman

Recognized as “an entrepreneur bringing innovation to classical music” (Forbes), Chad Goodman leads an active and diverse conducting career. As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Chad’s progressive vision for concert programming results in the pairing of music from Bay Area composers with underappreciated gems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under Chad’s leadership, Elevate Ensemble has established a Composer-in-Residence program, served as Ensemble-in-Residence at San Francisco State University, and commissioned over a dozen works from Bay Area composers. In the 2018-19 Season, Chad serves as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony, assisting Manfred Honeck, Francois-Xavier Roth, Daniel Harding, Pablo Heras-Casado, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and James Gaffigan. Recently appointed the Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra in Walnut Creek, California, Chad makes his debut with the orchestra in September 2018. A leader in the new music scene, Chad has conducted the premieres of more than forty works, including more than fifteen while serving as a Conducting Fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival in Summer 2018. From 2016 to 2018, Chad served as Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, where he was responsible for developing and conducting all education programs in addition to taking the podium on subscription concerts. He has collaborated with GRAMMY-nominated composer Mason Bates on his electronica-classical music project, Mercury Soul and has previously assisted Daniel Harding, David Robertson, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Juraj Valcuha with the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to his performing career, Chad has discussed the future of live performance as a panelist at Meyer Sound Laboratories and taught young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?” Chad holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University. His mentors include conductors Alasdair Neale, Cyrus Ginwala, and Martin Seggelke, and trumpeters Adam Luftman, James Thompson, and Andrew Balio.

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