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 Center for Musical Excellence as signature programs of the Mercer University 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.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Elizabeth Pridgen, piano 

Julie Coucheron, piano

Distinguished faculty artist Elizabeth Pridgen is joined by pianist Julie Coucheron for an evening of piano four-hand music featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Barber. 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, Norway, Ms. Coucheron resides in Atlanta and is a member of the Georgian Chamber Players.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Polyphony Church Music Concert 

Stephen Nielson, piano

Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time. Ambassador  for the World Cultural Alliance, his discography includes classical repertoire, music for piano and cello, and hymn turnes in the classical style. Stephen Nielson is a Steinway artist. 


Thursday, February 13, 2020 

"Songs for the Soul"

Leah Partridge, soprano

Carol Goff, collaborative piano

Leah Partridge, soprano, will join Carol Goff, piano, in a beautiful evening of collaborative artistry. Leah Partridge, a Mercer alum, has received consistent praise worldwide for her intelligent and compellling operatic roles, making her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2008. Her interpretations of song literature reflect stunning clarity and deep reflection. 


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rita Sloan, collaborative piano

Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin

Elizabeth Pridgen, piano

McDuffie Center Young Artists 

Rita Sloan is acknowledged internationally as a leading teacher of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. In 1999, she was appointed a piano faculty member and director of the collaborative piano program at the University of Maryland. As an Artist Faculty Member at the Aspen Music Festival, Ms. Sloan founded their Collaborative Piano Program. Ms. Sloan joins with violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, Elizabeth Pridgen, and McDuffie Center young artists for an evening of unforgettable solo and chamber music.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Great American Art Songs 

Carol Goff, collaborative piano

TSM Friends 

Carol Goff, fellow artist friends and colleagues will take a journey through the music and poetry of some of the most significant composers of 19th, 20th, and 21st century art song. This rich and varied program will be an evening of remembrance, longing, peace, hope, and love.