Opera/Vocal Coach Accompanist
Collaborative pianist and composer Jodi Goble joined the Iowa State University music faculty in Fall 2009, where she coaches singers, team-teaches opera studio, and teaches diction and song literature. Prior to her move to Iowa, she was a lecturer and pianist-coach at the Boston University College of Fine Arts for nine years, the senior vocal coach and Coordinator of Opera Programs for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for twelve summer seasons, diction and song literature faculty at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, MA, and the primary rehearsal pianist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Her work with the TFC took her from Boston's Symphony Hall to Carnegie Hall in New York City, across six European countries, and back to Tanglewood, where she performed on the TFC's annual Prelude Concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall. During her tenure with the Boston Symphony, she was privileged to play under conductors James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Keith Lockhart, and Seiji Ozawa, and to collaborate in rehearsal with artists such as José van Dam, Paul Groves, Yvonne Naef, Stephanie Blythe, Marcello Giordano, and Peter Serkin. Ms. Goble collaborates regularly in recital with renowned operatic bass-baritone Simon Estes, both locally and across the United States, and is his official collaborator for the Iowa Roots and Wings concert tour, as well as the pianist and artistic director for the Simon Estes Young Artist Concert Series. Since 2009, she has been the official pianist of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Auditions in Iowa.
The 2008-2009 season saw the April premiere of Ms. Goble's song cycle Nashtunes for tenor and piano on texts of Ogden Nash, as well as public performances of her operatic interludes, Four Intermezzi for Women's Voices, written to be staged concurrently with the Randall Thompson one-act opera Solomon and Balkis and premiered in January 2009 by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Operatecture Project, an award-winning program that combines the traditional form of opera with dance, spoken word, and real-time audio and video input. The Intermezzi were featured on National Public Radio the week of the premiere, and have since received additional performances in Operatecture's outreach programs in and around Charlotte. Summer 2009 brought a second performance of Nashtunes at Tanglewood, along with performances of Ms. Goble's earlier song cycles Twelve Chairs, Complicated Hymns, and The Ivory Box is Broken, a cycle designated as a Top 12 Finalist in the 2007-2008 National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Competition. Her song cycle De Virginibus was workshopped at M.I.T. in September 2012; she is presently completing commissions for Scripps College in Los Angeles, CA and the Omaha-based chamber trio I, the Siren.
Ms. Goble holds bachelor's degrees in violin and piano performance from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL, and a M.M. in collaborative piano and chamber music from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She and her husband, choral conductor, organist, and handbell clinician Patrick Gagnon, live in Hubbard, IA.
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