Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies

All Steinway School All Steinway School badgeMercer 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 Center for Musical Excellence as signature programs of the Mercer University School of Music.

Joan Stockstill Godsey Concert Series

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are free and will begin at 7:30 pm in the Neva Langley Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus.

Have You Heard This One?

Friday, October 29, 2021

Timothy McReynolds, collaborative piano
Jennifer Piazza-Pick, soprano

R. Timothy McReynolds, celebrated vocal collaborator and new faculty member of Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, joins Georgia College and State University faculty member and internationally acclaimed soprano, Jennifer Piazza-Pick, champion of American women composers in presenting a recital of new music by living composers.

BeautyFull Collaboration

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Kyung-A Yoo, collaborative piano

Join with new faculty collaborative pianist Kyung-A Yoo, faculty, and students of the Townsend School of Music in a varied genre and exhilarating program of captivating chamber music. The concert will feature music of Ives, Still, Jalbert and Barber’s Souvenirs, Op. 28 (for piano four hands).

Early Music Splendor

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Jack Mitchener, organ

An exploration of keyboard music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. The Richards & Fowkes organ in Fickling Hall was designed to play repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries, and that literature will be featured in this recital. Come enjoy and share in the beauty, elegance, and excitement of early music!

BeautyFull Reconnection

Friday, February 18, 2022

Kyung-A Yoo, collaborative piano
Boson Mo, violin

“Decadent Music to Celebrate Our Friendship: 2012-2022.” Collaborative pianist and School of Music faculty member Kyung-A Yoo will be joined by Boson Mo, a member of the Houston Symphony and former acting Assistant Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a recital featuring the music of Auerbach, Stravinsky, and more.

Cabaret: Unmasked!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Martha Malone, soprano
Timothy McReynolds, collaborative piano

We’re celebrating life, from the glorious to the absurd. In this program Tom Lehrer may rub elbows with Rodgers & Hammerstein; Johnny Mercer or Stephen Sondheim might make an appearance; Aaron Copland and Johann Strauss might show up for the party…and you’re invited!