Music Faculty

Mark Goodrich
Assistant Professor of Music in Voice

Mark GoodrichDr. Mark J. Goodrich recently joined the voice faculty at California State University, Los Angeles after having served on the voice faculties of Boston University School of Music (Chairman of the Voice Department) and California State University, Fullerton, where he chaired the vocal program for over a decade. His former students can be heard in leading roles in major opera houses around the world including The Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera in Manhattan, Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera San Jose, and others. Many of his students have also participated in prestigious opera programs such as the Met Young Artist Program, the Merola Program and training programs with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Aspen Music Festival. Several of Dr. Goodrich’s students have been winners or finalists in major vocal competitions including the George London Competition, The McAllister Vocal Competition, The Zachary Competition, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, The Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation Competition, The NATS' LA Young Artist Competition, the regional Metropolitan Opera Competition, and the Young Artist of the Year Competition in Los Angeles.

Dr. Goodrich has performed solo recital, opera and oratorio performances throughout the United States as well as having toured Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia as soloist with the Amor Artist Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of Johannes Somary. He has performed numerous operatic roles, including Ernesto in DON PASQUALE, Sextus in GIULIO CESARE, Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Fenton in FALSTAFF, and the title role in ALBERT HERRING. Goodrich has worked with many noted opera directors, including Tito Capobianco, Ken Kazan, and the late Cynthia Auerbach. He has performed major roles in works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Handel and Saint-Säens, including a performance of THE CREATION under the direction of James Sinclair with Orchestra New England, which was broadcast over Connecticut Public Radio. Mark premiered Somary’s BALLAD FOR GOD AND HIS PEOPLE in a role which was expressly written for him. Dr. Goodrich has also appeared numerous times as a featured soloist with the Baroque Festival of Corona del Mar, receiving praise from both THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and THE ORANGE COUNTRY REGISTER. In 1998, Goodrich premiered TO THE NIGHTINGALE by Tania French with violinist Clayton Haslop. He has performed Britten’s SERENADE FOR TENOR, STRINGS AND ORCHESTRA with the Pacific Symphony Institute Orchestra and toured the Southland with noted pianist Eduardo Delgado in a special recital program commemorating the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death. While in Boston, Goodrich performed in the area premiere of Swanee Hunt’s WITNESS CANTATA with The Boston Landmark Orchestra, as well as Mozart’s REQUIEM and MESSIAH with New England Classical Singers. He also was tenor soloist in Britten’s WAR REQUIEM, which was performed with the Boston University Symphonic Chorus and Symphony Orchestra at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall. The performance was also repeated for the American Choral Director’s Association Convention-Eastern Division in Boston.

Dr. Goodrich received his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Yale School of Music and his Doctorate in Musical Arts (Vocal Performance) from The University of Michigan, where he worked with tenor George Shirley. He has also worked extensively with tenor John Stewart, Jan DeGaetani, Martin Katz, William Parker and Doris Yarick-Cross.

Dr. Goodrich has served on the Executive Boards of both NATS-Boston and NATS-LA. In addition to teaching full time at CSULA, he also maintains private studios in Long Beach and Berkeley, CA.