Mr. Stephen C. Goforth
Assistant Professorial Lecturer
Mr. Goforth is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer in Music. In addition to teaching and choral conducting experience in schools and churches throughout the Midwest, he has performed as the baritone soloist for works by George F. Handel, J. S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Theodore Dubois and Robert Schaffer. Before coming to Thomas More, he taught music history at the Cincinnati Branches of Wilmington College for five years. Mr. Goforth (previous Teacher of the Year) offers several music courses: The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Viewing the Performing Arts, Musical Styles Through the Ages, Music in World Cultures, beginning piano and voice lessons. He also directs the Thomas More Singers. During the school year he composes choral exercises and choral arrangements for the group. He recently received approval from Hal Leonard Company to arrange "Stand By Me" for the Singers. Summer activities: Book reviews for McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH; Research - comparing traditional Christian worship music with recent trends in contemporary Christian worship music; World Choir Games 2012.
Favorites: composers, Ludwig Van Beethoven(1770-1827), Claude Debussy(1862-1918), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Gustav Holst (1874-1934), John Cage (1912-1992), Brian Wilson (b.1942), James Taylor(b.1948), Jackson Browne (b.1948) and Bruce Springsteen(b.1949); musicians/groups, Stevie Ray Vaughn(d.1990), Byrds, Eagles, Chicago, Van Halen, Deep Purple, Rush, Dream Theater, The Doobie Bros., Switchfoot, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Boston, Journey, Gin Blossoms, Enigma, Phish, Steve Vai, Stray Catsand The Kry; vocalists, Richard Tucker, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Brightman, Enya, Nora Jones, and Josh Groban.
Other interests include collecting unusual instruments (he has a musical saw, a didgeridoo, and a double-belled euphonium), tennis, building rock walls, and solving crossword puzzles.
B. S., Music Education, Olivet University M. M., Vocal Performance, Miami University Additional music courses at Rowan University (Glassboro State) and Xavier University
Stephen C. Goforth first came to Thomas More University in 2003.