Over the last twenty-four seasons, John Daly Goodwin, Music Director Emeritus (1987-2012), has led the New York Choral Society to new musical dimensions as he builds upon an honored fifty-two year tradition of choral excellence. Under his direction, the NYCS has performed in the People's Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Israel, Austria, France, Italy, Greece and Mexico.  Mr. Goodwin has conducted more than ninety concerts around New York City, including forty-two in Carnegie Hall, seven at Lincoln Center, and eleven international concert tours, conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Broadcasting Orchestra, the Collegium Ducale in Venice, the Orchestre Symphonique Bell'Arte of Paris, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In his most recent guest appearance Mr. Goodwin conducted the Coro Filarmónico Universitario in two November 2011 performances of Carmina Burana.

Mr. Goodwin has been selected to prepare choruses for such prominent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Dennis Russell Davies, Asher Fisch, Yong Yan Hu, Fabio Luisi, Yehudi Menuhin, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Eve Queler, Julius Rudel, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Alberto Veronesi. Beyond the concert stage, Mr. Goodwin has conducted or prepared choruses for seventeen national television broadcasts, including the 1998 Grammy Awards with Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion at Radio City Music Hall, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala on PBS, Today on NBC, and Andrea Bocelli’s 2001 concert from Liberty State Park.

In addition to his work with the NYCS, Mr. Goodwin serves as President of the New York Choral Consortium, Music Advisor to the September Concert Foundation and as a juror for the annual Ópera San Miguel vocal competition. He has served on the music faculties at New York University and Pace University, and he has also led the Choral Society of the Hamptons, the Westchester Concert Singers, and the Richmond Choral Society in numerous concert series.

Within Mr. Goodwin's extensive repertoire, he has specialized in the music of contemporary American composers. More than half of his concert repertoire includes works by John Adams, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Robert De Cormier, Lukas Foss, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Morton Gould, Charles Ives, Morton Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus, Conrad Susa, Randall Thompson, and others.

With a strong personal commitment to music education, Mr. Goodwin has done extensive volunteer work with young aspiring musicians. Through Young Audiences, Artsgenesis, and the New York Choral Society's Mini Maestros program, he has brought the gift of music to thousands of children in more than fifty New York City public schools.  Mr. Goodwin has also led numerous choral workshops and clinics through the New York Offstage Group.  In December of 2010 Mr. Goodwin initiated a series of conducting master classes in Mexico City in cooperation with the vocal ensemble Voce in Tempore.  Through the support of Fomento Educacional, A.C. and the New York Choral Society these master classes now allow Mexican conducting students to continue to work with Mr. Goodwin in New York City.   Mr. Goodwin recently prepared students from the Conservatório de Música de Celaya for performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Cervantino Festival, Latin America’s largest arts festival.
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