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Guitarist . Composer


Dr. Jonathan Godfrey is an award-winning guitarist and composer that has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, and South Korea and has been proud to call the Tampa Bay area home since 2012. Regionally he is perhaps best known for his work as a versatile session guitarist for many of Florida's leading ensembles. He has been regularly featured with The Florida Orchestra, on national Broadway tours at Tampa's Morsani Hall (Straz Center for the Performing Arts) and Orlando's Walt Disney Theatre (Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts), and at Sarasota’s Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. Recent highlights include performing for in concert for Bernadette Peters, legendary Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty, American Idol finalist Michael Lynche, Count Basie Orchestra trumpeter Byron Stripling, and country artist Andy Pursell (opening for Montgomery Gentry). 

As a classical artist, Godfrey has been a soloist with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Artists of Sarasota, the North Port Concert Band, the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton/Sarasota, and the State College of Florida Symphonic Band. He has been a lecturer at the Guitar Foundation of America festival with recording credits that include solo works for the Embassy of Spain and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A prolific composer of guitar music, he is the grand-prize winner of the 2010 Boston GuitarFest composition competition for his Sonatina for solo guitar (written for and premiered by Nemanja Ostojic) and most recently garnered an honorable mention for his guitar quartet Tunguska at the 2019 Austin Classical Guitar Society Composition Competition. His latest original composition is a concerto for banjo and orchestra entitled the Okeechobee Concerto – commissioned and to be premiered by the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra in April 2020.

Godfrey regularly performs a unique fusion of jazz, classical, and cabaret arrangements alongside his wife, soprano Jenny Kim-Godfrey, in their duo Corda Voce. Together they have concertized extensively with a program that has been featured on Sarasota’s ABC-7 and on the concert series of the Concert Artists Series of Sarasota, GuitarSarasota, the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning, Ave Maria University, Meredith College, the Venice Theatre, the National Association of Arts and Letters, the opera guilds of Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Pinellas County, and many others.

Jonathan holds his DM from Indiana University, his MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his BM from LaGrange College, where his teachers included Ernesto Bitetti, Jason Vieaux, Phil Snyder, and John Huston. He also previously studied composition with P.Q. Phan, Aaron Travers, Paul Schoenfield, and Lee Johnson. He currently serves on the faculty of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.