Bay Area Orchestra Selects Entrepreneurial New Music Director

by Feb 26, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Jiyang Chen

The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) has turned a page to start a thrilling new chapter by selecting Chad Goodman as its new Music Director and Conductor, beginning in August 2018. Praised by Forbes as “an entrepreneur bringing innovation to classical music”, Goodman plans to bring that inventiveness to the CCCO, which has been an institution in the community since the 1970s.

With his desire to reimagine the classical music experience for concertgoers, Goodman founded Elevate Ensemble in San Francisco in 2014. Over the last four concert seasons, the professional new music ensemble has commissioned fourteen works from Bay Area composers, served as an ensemble-in-residence at San Francisco State University, and collaborated with local artists, including poets, chefs and photographers.

Goodman says, “There is nothing that can match the emotional experience of a live orchestra concert and that feeling when the barrier between performers and audience disappears, when the energy sent from a stage of musicians is met with an equally powerful energy from the audience. That energy, that spark for classical music is what I want to create with the musicians and audiences of the CCCO.”

Goodman inherits the Music Director position from Timothy Smith, who is retiring after bringing the orchestra to new musical heights during his 11-year tenure.

“I’m eager to bring my enthusiasm, musicianship, and love of the Bay Area community to the CCCO,” says Goodman. “I cannot wait to see what we can accomplish together.”


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Kevin Eng
Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra