Department of Music

J Emmanuel Godoy

J Emmanuel Godoy

Emmanuel Godoy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music, a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, and was a full scholarship student in the Professional Studies Program at Mannes College. His primary teachers were Dean Witten (Percussionist/San Antonio Symphony), Arthur Press (Assistant Timpanist/Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Roland Kohloff (Principal Timpanist/New York Philharmonic). He has been a fellowship student at the Aspen Music School, Waterloo Music Festival, as well as Solo Percussionist for the Round Top Chamber Festival.

Mr. Godoy has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Grand Opera, San Antonio Symphony; as Solo Percussionist for the Lincoln Center Institute, and percussionist for the Broadway Majestic Series, Ragtime and Crazy for You.

As Principal Timpanist for the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, he recorded Lalo Schifrin’s world premiere Cantos Aztecas with Placido Domingo; music of Liadov, Rachmaninoff; and Carmine Coppola’s soundtrack for the movie Blood Red. His recordings include music of Jorge C├│rdoba, Musica Contempor├ínea IV, and with the Air Force Band of the West. He has published two vibraphone arrangements: Chopin’s Prelude in E Minor and Debussy’s Footprints in the Snow.

Presently, Mr. Godoy is Principal Timpanist for the Corpus Christi and Round Rock Symphony Orchestras, and is also Assistant Timpanist for the Victoria Symphony.

He began conducting studies under Attilio Poto, Terence Frazor, and has continued studies with Peter Bay and Kirk Trevor at the International Conducting Institute. He is the Artistic Director of the Lux Musicae Ensemble, which he founded in 2011.


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