The Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies

All-Steinway-School-logo-4CMercer University has become an All-Steinway School through the generosity of Mercer's chancellor, Dr. R. Kirby Godsey.  With the establishment of the Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies, the Townsend School of Music will exclusively feature Steinway & Sons pianos for all teaching, rehearsals, and performances.  The gift, which recognizes Joan Godsey's many contributions to Mercer, and in particular her love of and commitment to music, enables the School of Music to join the nation's other premier music programs as an All-Steinway School.  The gift provides for 37 new pianos and creates an endowed fund to support the care and upkeep of all the pianos.

The Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies hosts an annual Concert Series that features leading international performing keyboard artists.  The Godsey Center joins the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies, and the Jo Phelps Fabian Cenber for Musical Excellence as signature programs of the Townsend School of Music.



All performances of the Joan Stockstill Godsey Concert Series are free and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Neva Langley Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building unless otherwise indicated.


Tuesday, October 3 

Uriel Tsachor, piano

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway Artist and heads the piano area at the University of Iowa. "A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry,"(SuddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity. 


Sunday, November 5, 4:00 p.m.

Jack Mitchener, organ

Vineville United Methodist Church; 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA.

Professor Jack Mitchener will present an afternoon of organ masterworks. Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon. 


Thursday, February 15

Julie Coucheron piano

Elizabeth Pridgen, piano

Pianist Julie Coucheron returns, joining Elizabeth Pridgen in a four-hand piano performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring". Coucheron has established an international career winning first prize in all the national competitions she has attended, in addition to winning prizes in Italy, Germany and the United States. Originally from Oslo, Ms. Coucheron now resides in Atlanta and is a member of the Georgian Chamber Players. 


Sunday, March 18, 3:00 p.m.

Albert Travis, Hymn Festival

Mulberry Methodist Church; 719 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA

Dr. Albert L. Travis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Organ at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served on the faculty of the School of Church Music from 1977-2008. Dr. Travis has been Organist of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth since 1978. Currently serving as Organist and Director of Music Ministries, Dr. Travis plays the Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn Organ. Dr. Travis maintains an active schedule as hymn festival leader, improvisation workshop clinician, arranger and composer. Mulberry Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry Street.