Messiah College; Triforia Winds; Junction Saxophone Quartet
Artist's BiographyAn active saxophone performer in classical, jazz and popular idioms, Todd Goranson has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally. He joined the faculty of Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) as Associate Professor of Saxophone and Bassoon in August 2012 after serving in the same capacity at Texas A&M University-Commerce since 2004. Goranson has appeared with a diverse list of artists including Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Lionel Hampton, Sandi Patti, Claudio Roditi, Sputzy Sparacino, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and performed extensively with The Billy Price Band. Goranson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University, and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho.
Solo and chamber performance venues for Goranson since 2009 have included the SMM Sommarmusikskola in Jonkoping, Sweden; Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand for the World Saxophone Congress XV; Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham, UK for IDRS 2009 Conference, and the Dallas Wind Symphony Summer Music Institute, the North American Saxophone Alliance regional 4 conference, and world premieres of new saxophone works by Daniel Adams, Mattias Arveheim and Ted Hansen. He has taught master classes and given recitals at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, The University of Western Ontario, Oklahoma State University, Mansfield University, Ursinus College, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Whitworth University, Utah State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Southern Arkansas University. He presented lectures on conditioned response and performance anxiety at the 2012 NASA Biennial Symposium at Arizona State University and 2013 IDRS Conference at University of the Redlands, in addition to performances with Triforia Winds at the 2012 ICA ClarinetFest and the 2012 IDRS Conference. Past solo and chamber performances have been broadcast live on WRR, KPBX, and KISU radio. Goranson has presented world premiere performances of works by Ted Hansen, Rodolfo Ledesma, Biljana Bozinovska-Bozivic, Daniel Adams, and Matthias Arveheim, as well as North American or Asian premieres of pieces by Eduardo Morales-Caso, David Gillingham, and Catherine McMichael.
Todd has been a featured jazz saxophone soloist with the Plano Symphony for concerts at Meyerson Hall and Eisemann Center, receiving praise from the Dallas Morning News. He was recently the featured artist with the Dallas Black Dance Theater and the Irving Symphony performing the music of Ray Charles. Goranson is a founding member of Triforia Winds, a group which is concurrently the Dallas Wind Symphony Wind Trio and the faculty wind trio for A&M-Commerce. Recent classical saxophone engagements have included performances with the Utah Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, and Shreveport Symphony.
An experienced clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Goranson served as saxophone quartet and solo adjudicator for the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Competition from 2005-2012. He was the director/clinician of the 2009 TMEA Region 3 and 2007 ATSSB Region 3 All-Region jazz ensembles, and served as head clinician for the 2010 ATSSB Region 3 Jazz Festival. He served two terms as the jazz representative for the College Music Society South Central Region Board, and founded and hosted the Northeast Texas Saxophone Symposium.
An accomplished bassoonist, Todd performs extensively with symphony orchestras. He was a member of the Irving Symphony and Plano Symphony from 2002-2012, and performed frequently with the Longview Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Dr. Goranson has also performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the York Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains (TN), South Arkansas Symphony, the Northeast Texas Symphony, the Westmoreland Symphony (PA), Opera Roanoke (VA), the Washington-Idaho Symphony and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco (Mexico).
Todd\'s major teachers for saxophone include Robert W. Miller, Curtis Johnson and Barry Bergstrom, with additional studies with Andy Wen. His bassoon teachers have included Ronald Klimko, Terry Ewell, Susan Hess and Winston Collier. A Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician, Todd endorses and performs exclusively with Yanagisawa Saxophones, Vandoren reeds and mouthpiece, and Hercules stands. Todd can be heard on the recent Klavier CD release "Stained Glass Windows" with the Messiah College Wind Ensemble (solo saxophone, Claude T. Smith "Fantasia" for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble; solo bassoon, "Concertino for 11 Instruments & Wind Band" by Joseph Turrin.), available on iTunes and Naxos.