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Recognized as "an entrepreneur bringing innovation to classical music" (Forbes), Chad Goodman maintains an active career as a conductor, trumpeter and music educator. As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Chad offers audiences a unique way of experiencing the Bay Area’s vibrant music scene. His progressive vision for concert programming results in the pairing of music from rising local composers with under-appreciated gems of the 20th century. Under Chad's leadership, Elevate Ensemble has established a Composer-in-Residence program, served as an Ensemble-in-Residence at San Francisco State University, and commissioned over a dozen works from Bay Area composers. 

In addition to his work with Elevate, Chad serves as Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, where he is responsible for developing and conducting all outreach events in addition to taking the podium on subscription concerts. Recent guest conducting engagements include work with GRAMMY-nominated composer Mason Bates on his electronica-classical music project, Mercury Soul.

In the last year, Chad has discussed the importance of new music in a featured interview with Forbes, the future of live performance as a panelist at Meyer Sound Laboratories and taught young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?”

As a trumpeter, Chad has performed with the Monterey Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Symphony Napa Valley, Berkeley Symphony, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Chad holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University. His mentors include conductors Alasdair Neale, Cyrus Ginwala, and Martin Seggelke, and trumpeters James Thompson, Adam Luftman, and Andrew Balio.

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Nick Vasallo - then, in oblivion... (2017)
Elevate Ensemble
Chad Goodman, Conductor

Igor Stravinsky - Octet, Movement 1
Elevate Ensemble
Chad Goodman, Conductor

Nick Vasallo - ATUM: Everything and Nothing (2016)
Elevate Ensemble
Chad Goodman, Conductor

Nancy Bloomer Deussen - The Transit of Venus (Excerpt)
Peninsula Symphony
Chad Goodman, Conductor

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Chad's workshops focus on subjects including:

  • Entrepreneurship in music

  • Building a music organization

  • Connecting with audiences

  • Self-promotion

Sample workshops include:

You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?

In this workshop, Chad reveals how students can best prepare for a successful transition from music academia into the real world. Topics addressed include: the art of self-promotion, generating new gigs (and getting called back time after time), building a thriving teaching studio, and more.

The Musical Startup: Building Your Dream Music Ensemble

In this workshop, Chad will guide participants through the process of launching their own professional music ensemble. Participants will explore topics such as: business registration, building a loyal audience, engaging programming, assembling an Advisory Board, the perks of fiscal sponsorship & 501c3 and more.

Staging the Perfect Performance

The modern musician must know how to create unique, outstanding performances. This comprehensive workshop will reveal the best methods for booking the perfect venue, efficiently scheduling rehearsals, and generating buzz through advertising so that you can share your music with a packed house.






Private Trumpet Instruction

My goal, for students of all ages, is to elevate their playing abilities, as well as their confidence. I believe that there is no single method or approach to playing the trumpet, which is why I tailor my lessons and practice routines to best meet each student’s needs.

Seeing a teacher on a weekly basis is essential during the developmental stages of trumpet playing. Building a routine leads to increased skills, motivation, and self-discipline. 

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In lessons, we will work together on:

Building confidence in music-making

Developing a beautiful, ringing sound

Increasing range

Improving endurance

Performing solos, etudes, band and orchestra repertoire

Playing in different musical styles

Executing clear, brilliant articulations

Understanding harmony and music theory

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Nielsen Trumpet Duets
Nielsen Duets contains 25 arrangements of piano works penned by Danish composer Carl Nielsen. The pieces in this collection range in style from high-spirited peasant dances to mournful laments, I hope that these duets inspire you to further explore the music of Denmark's most celebrated composer.

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