Jonathan Godfrey is one of the most active guitarists on Florida's SunCoast.
He earned degrees in guitar performance at LaGrange College (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and Indiana University (DM). A prize-winner in several performance competitions, he has concertized internationally, been a lecturer at the Guitar Foundation of America festival, and recorded solo works for the Embassy of Spain and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Regionally he is perhaps best-known for his versatility in handling a wide variety of genres. Organizations he can regularly be seen with include The Florida Orchestra, Asolo Repertory Theater, national-touring shows at the Straz Center in Tampa, the Choral Artists of Sarasota, and the Florida Studio Theater, among others. He is regularly sought out for his work as a banjoist.
Jonathan performs regularly with his wife, soprano Jenny Kim-Godfrey, in their duo Corda Voce, which fuses elements of classical, musical theater, jazz, and cabaret. He also regularly performs solo gigs as background music, which often involves loop-pedal improvisation. Past clients include classical WSMR and WUSF, the Dali Museum, and the World Rowing Championships.
Jonathan is also an active classical composer whose output ranges from guitar solos to choral cantatas to banjo concertos. His works have been performed at festivals in Serbia, Mexico, and the U.S. He won Grand Prize at the 2010 Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition for his "Sonatina" for Solo Guitar, and most recently gained an honorable mention at the 2019 Austin Classical Guitar Society Composition Competition for his work "Tunguska."
He teaches guitar, music appreciation, and theory at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and directs the Crosslight Band at Parrish United Methodist Church.