About Dr. Goranson
Dr. Todd Goranson is a Professor of Music at Messiah University, where he teaches applied saxophone, applied bassoon, as well as coursework in music theory, jazz, and music entrepreneurship. He previously served on the faculties of Texas A&M University-Commerce and Frostburg State University. Lauded by Fanfare Magazine as “an agile and characterful soloist”, Goranson has enjoyed a performance career playing saxophone and bassoon in a wide variety of settings and genres. In addition to his own performing groups, he has appeared in concert with a diverse list of artists including Ray Charles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Sandi Patti, Keith and Kristen Getty, and he performed extensively with the Billy Price Band.
His saxophone engagements include performances with the Utah Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Plano Symphony, Philadelphia Wind Symphony, and many others. As an orchestral bassoonist, he has played with nearly twenty professional orchestras in the US, Mexico, and China. He has performed under acclaimed conductors including Thierry Fischer, Stuart Malina, John Nelson, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Butterman, Larry Rachleff, Delta David Gier, and Jerry Junkin. Goranson served as principal bassoonist for the Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony, and was member of both orchestra from 2002-2012.
Dr. Goranson is a founding member of the Junction Saxophone Quartet, Triforia Winds, and Trio Atlantis, and he has given recital performances and/or clinics at numerous conservatories, universities, and schools throughout the U.S. as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, the United States. He performs regularly for events such as International Saxophone Symposiums, NASA Biennial Symposiums, and International Double Reed Society Conferences. Other solo and chamber performance venues for Goranson have included Zhengzhou University (China); SMM Sommarmusikskola in Jonkoping, Sweden; The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico; Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand for the World Saxophone Congress XV; Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham, UK, and Mont’kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dr. Goranson gives dozens of single reed and bassoon clinics to grade schools and secondary schools throughout the mid-Atlantic region each year. He has presented lectures on conditioned response and coping with performance anxiety at universities and educational conferences throughout the US, including the 2015 TMEA Conference (San Antonio, TX), 2013 IDRS Conference (University of the Redlands) and 2012 NASA Biennial Symposium (Arizona State University)
Dr. Goranson’s major teachers for saxophone include Robert W. Miller, Curtis Johnson and Barry Bergstrom, with additional studies with Andy Wen. His bassoon teachers have included Ronald Klimko, Terry Ewell, Susan Hess, and Winston Collier.
Dr. Goranson is an artist/endorser for Yanagisawa Saxophones, Conn-Selmer, Inc., Hercules Stands, and is a Vandoren Paris Artist-Clinician.