Neil Godwin

Neil Godwin
French Horn Faculty

Hailed as a “stalwart” horn player by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Neil Godwin is garnering a reputation as a specialist in new music through his numerous performances and recordings with both the Callithumpian Consort and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  A very active freelancer, Neil performs more traditional fare as a member of the Cape Cod Symphony, the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Claflin Hill Symphony, and Odyssey Opera.  He has formerly held positions with the Discovery Ensemble, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, the Simon Sinfonietta, and the Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra, and he has performed as a guest musician with many ensembles throughout New England, including the U.S. Coast Guard Band, the Boston Philharmonic, the New Bedford Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Symphony by the Sea, just to name a few.  Also an active chamber musician, Neil performs regularly with the Epic Brass Quintet, the Solar Winds, and the Boston Woodwind Society Octet as well as at Summer festivals such as Assisi Performing Arts and Music from Salem.  When not performing, Neil enjoys teaching young musicians in both private lessons and small ensembles at the Community Music Center of Boston and in the Boston Youth Symphonies programs.  Neil is a native of West Monroe, LA, where he began his horn studies with Dr. Gary Greene at Northeast Louisiana University, and he went on to earn degrees in horn performance and conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a student of Dennis Behm in horn and Drs. Timothy Koch and Jay Dean in conducting.  In 2001, Neil came to Boston in order to pursue further horn studies at Boston University under the tutelage of Eric Ruske.  Additionally, he has performed in masterclasses and workshops with such noted horn players as Dale Clevenger, David Jolley, Roger Kaza, Jeff Nelsen, Karl Pituch, Denise Tryon, and Frøydis Ree Wekre.