Ep 45-Jonathan Godfrey and Jenny Kim-Godfrey on Being Vulnerable

Ep 45-Jonathan Godfrey and Jenny Kim-Godfrey on Being Vulnerable

Jonathan GodfreyA classical guitarist, composer, and arranger whose playing and works have been described as “…invitingly poetic” (Boston Globe), Dr. Jonathan Godfrey has performed recitals throughout North America, won prizes in several performance competitions, and garnered a multitude of recording credits (including solo works for the Embassy of Spain). In 2011 he was named Grand-Prize Winner of the Boston GuitarFest International Composition Competition for his now oft-programmed Sonatina for Solo Guitar.

Jenny Kim-GodfreyKorean-American coloratura soprano Jenny Kim-Godfrey has appeared on stages across the United States, Canada, Italy, and South Korea, and as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Indiana University Opera Theater, New York Catskills Choral Society, and Sarasota’s Gloria Musicae, among numerous other ensembles. Jenny holds her Masters from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Mary Ann Hart & two-time Grammy award winner Sylvia McNair.


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In this episode husband-and-wife team Jonathan Godfrey and Jenny Kim-Godfrey discuss being vulnerable, collaboration, and enjoying your work.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Being married to a full-time musician
  • The balance between career and marraige
  • Collaboration
  • Corda Voce
  • Rehearsing and writing with your spouse
  • Vulnerability
  • Dealing with the fear of failure
  • Enjoying the work
  • Trusting your work and preperation
  • Teaching to make ends meet
  • Building a teaching studio
  • Working through burnout
  • How to network


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  1. Jonathan Godfrey November 13, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Other works I wish had mentioned for guitar that I think are great for composers to know:

    – Villa-Lobos Etudes and Preludes for a fundamental understanding of the guitar idiom

    – Toru Takemitsu “All in Twilight” and “Toward the Sea” for exquisite examples of the guitar’s capacity for color and atmosphere

    – Ginastera Sonata – for a more “extended” understanding of the guitar idiom. 🙂

    • Garrett Hope November 16, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Thanks for this list, Jonathan! I’m excited to dig into these pieces.

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