Catherine Godes

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Name:

Dr. Catherine   Godes

Title:

Associate Professor

Department:

School of Music

Email Address:

cgodes@tntech.edu

Phone:

(931) 372-3715

Office:

Bryan Fine Arts #314

About

Professor of Piano at Tennessee Tech, Catherine Godes holds degrees from West Virginia University and the DMA in Piano Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory, where she studied with Israeli pianist David Bar-Ilan. She was married to Latvian pianist Herman Godes, a Steinway artist and Artist-in-Residence at WVU. They formed the Godes Piano Duo and toured the U.S and Europe. Two years on the faculty of Fairmont State University were followed by the appointment to direct the Community Music Program at West Virginia University. Catherine developed a curriculum of musical education for over 400 students, founded the Community Arts Orchestra, and established the Herman and Catherine Godes Young Artist Concerto Competition. In 1994, she accepted the appointment to head the piano program at Tennessee Tech University. She and her husband moved to Cookeville where they continued active performing and teaching careers. Catherine was the Collegiate Auditions Chair for TMTA for 7 years, and remains active as president of the local chapter. She also hosts the MTNA Fall auditions atTennessee Tech. Since the death of her husband in 2007, Catherine continues her activities as soloist, collaborative artist, clinician and administrator. She has appeared several times as soloist with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and has lectured for the ensemble; her popular pre concert lecture series drew listeners throughout the region. She has taught at the Governor’s School for the Arts, and is on the faculty of the Southeast Chamber Institute atTennessee Tech; a summer music camp for high school students. In October, 2008, Catherine hosted the first annualTennessee Tech Young Artist Piano Competition for high school students in honor of her husband Herman Godes. The competition continues to attract talented students throughout the region. Dr. Godes frequently lectures student and community organizations about her husband’s experience as an inmate in the Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. Prior to his arrest, Herman was student of legendary pianist Walter Gieseking. After four years of concentration camp, he resumed his career.