Dr. Todd Goranson is currently Professor of Saxophone and Bassoon at Messiah College. He previously served on the faculty of Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2004-2012. Goranson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University, and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Idaho.
Goranson is a founding member of Triforia Winds, Trio Atlantis, and the Junction Saxophone Quartet. In addition to performances with his own groups, he has appeared with a diverse list of artists including Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Sandi Patti, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and performed extensively with The Billy Price Band.
An active orchestral bassoonist, Todd is the former principal bassoonist of the Irving Symphony and Plano Symphony, and performed frequently on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Longview Symphony and Texarkana Symphony during his years in Texas. Todd has also performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (Mexico), Huang He Symphony (China), York Symphony (PA), West Virginia Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Westmoreland Symphony, and many others.
Todd’s orchestral saxophone engagements have included performances with the Utah Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Philadelphia Wind Symphony and the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.
He authored the book “New Latin American Music for Bassoon” (published by TrevCo Music) as well as articles for “The Double Reed”, “Scrapes”, and The Australian Saxophone and Clarinet (ASAC) Magazine.
Todd has taught saxophone and bassoon master classes and given recitals at universities throughout North America, including the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, The University of Western Ontario (Canada), Oklahoma State University, Gordon College, Utah State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Whitworth University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Southern Arkansas University. Recent performances have included concert tours in Sweden, as well as performances in Asia and the UK. Goranson regularly performs/presents at conferences such as IDRS, NASA, the World Saxophone Congress, and the International Saxophone Symposium. His solo and chamber performances have been broadcast on KPBX, KISU and WRR radio.
His major teachers for bassoon have included Ronald Klimko,Terry Ewell, Susan Hess and Winston Collier. His saxophone teachers have included Robert W. Miller, Curtis Johnson and Barry Bergstrom, with additional studies with Andy Wen.
Todd is a Vandoren Paris Regional Artist and an artist/endorser for Yanagisawa Saxophones. He can be heard on the recent Klavier CD release “Stained Glass Windows” with the Messiah College Wind Ensemble (solo saxophone, Claude T. Smith “Fantasia” for Alto Saxophone & Wind Band; solo bassoon, “Concertino for 11 Instruments & Wind Band” by Joseph Turrin), available on iTunes and Naxos. Further information can be found at www.toddgoranson.com