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Dr. Jonathan Godfrey is one of the most sought-after performers and composers in the Tampa Bay region. He first achieved national recognition in the classical guitar world as the grand prize winner of the 2011 Boston GuitarFest International Composition Competition for his Sonatina for guitar solo. Since then, he has performed recitals in concert halls across North America, particularly with his soprano wife, Jenny Kim-Godfrey, in their duo Corda Voce. Jonathan has also enjoyed a prolific career as a composer, orchestrator, and arranger, working across mediums ranging from orchestras to musical theater.


Hailed as "A staple of the South Florida music scene," (SunCoast Culture Club), Jonathan has appeared in over 75 concerts with The Florida Orchestra and has been a featured performer with the Sarasota Orchestra, Choral Artists of Sarasota, Key Chorale, ensemblenewSRQ, members of the Jacksonville and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, national equity Broadway tours, Norwegian Creative Studios, and numerous regional and collegiate ensembles. He has shared the stage with artists such as Bernadette Peters, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Robert Davi, Michael Lynche, Capathia Jenkins, and the New York Cantors.

Jonathan's international commissions for arrangements and original works have been performed in the US, UK, Serbia, Mexico, and Brazil. His original output includes numerous works for guitar ensemble, orchestra, choir, and guitar solo, and even includes a banjo concerto (Okeechobee Concerto, 2021). He is a regularly sought after orchestral pops and musical theater arranger, collaborating with renowned director/playwright Peter Rothstein on several critically acclaimed productions at Sarasota's Asolo Repertory Theater. He is published with ClearNote Publications.


He holds a Doctor of Music from Indiana University, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from LaGrange College. His guitar teachers include Ernesto Bitetti, Jason Vieaux, and Philip Snyder. He studied composition with Aaron Travers, P.Q. Phan, and Lee Johnson.


Jonathan directs classical and commercial guitar studies at the University of South Florida.


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