Creative Careers Episode 22: Chad Goodman, Conductor and Trumpeter

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“It wasn’t in the plan!” Have you ever had this moment in your career?

At the age of 13 Chad Goodman had a clear vision for becoming a professional trumpet player. After attending the Eastman School of Music for trumpet performance and moving to San Francisco to continue his education, he bumped into an old colleague in the hallway that threw a wrench in his life’s plan.

The acquaintance was wind ensemble conductor Martin Seggelke, who offered to teach him conducting lessons and the position as assistant conductor. Chad was naturally drawn to conducting and went on to found the San Francisco based Elevate Ensemble.

In this episode you’ll learn what you should not include in a teaching biography, how Elevate Ensemble came to be featured in Forbes, and why talking to EVERYBODY is so important.

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This episode features “bethlehem” written by Danny Clay and performed by Elevate Ensemble.