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Guitarist . Composer


Dr. Jonathan Godfrey is a classical guitarist, session musician, composer, arranger, and educator whose playing and compositions have been described as “invitingly poetic” by the Boston Globe. He has been a soloist with The Florida Orchestra, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra New Music Ensemble, the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton-Sarasota, the State College of Florida Symphonic band, the North Port Concert Band, the Choral Artists of Sarasota, members of the Sarasota Orchestra, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. He has performed on the equity national tours of Mean Girls, Chicago, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and has performed in regional equity productions of Evita, Ragtime, and the Sound of Music. Artists he has shared the stage with include Bernadette Peters, legendary Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty, American Idol finalist Michael Lynche, Count Basie Orchestra trumpeter Byron Stripling, and opening for Montgomery Gentry. He has been a repeat guest lecturer at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition and has recorded solo works for the Education Embassy of Spain and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His recital credits span television, universities, opera leagues, guitar societies, and concert halls throughout the United States. Commissions for his original works and arrangements have come from around the world and have included performances in Mexico City at the Manuel Enriquez Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva and Serbia's Guitar Art World Festival.

Hailed as “The Suncoast’s power couple in music,” (Suncoast Cultural Club), he has performed extensively with his wife soprano Jenny Kim-Godfrey as Corda Voce, a guitar and voice duo highlighting cabaret, jazz, and popular music alongside classical repertoire. For more information, visit

Godfrey is a prize-winner of the 13th Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America (Indiana University), the 2010 Indianapolis Musicale Matinee Graduate Strings Competition, the 2010 National Association of Arts and Letters Competition (Bloomington chapter), the 2011 Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition, and the 2019 Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition (Honorable Mention). His former guitar teachers include Ernesto Bitetti, Jason Vieaux, Philip Snyder, and John Huston, while his former composition teachers include Aaron Travers, P.Q. Phan, Paul Schoenfeld, and Lee Johnson. He holds his Doctor of Music from Indiana University, his Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his Bachelor of Music from LaGrange College. He currently serves on the faculty of the State College of Florida and Saint Leo University.