David Gooding is a composer, performer, arranger, lyricist and music director with well over 300 productions to his credit from the West Coast to Broadway. For over a dozen years he was resident Music Director/Composer for the Cleveland Play House and maintained long associations as Organist for the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, at Lake Erie College as Professor of Music and as Music Director for The Temple. Currently, he is Organist/Choirmaster for Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and the Director of Music Ministries at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park, Ohio.
Gooding was honored with an EMMY for his work as Music Director for NBC-TV’s HICKORY HIDEOUT, and in 1995, was the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in Music. Cleveland Magazine named him one of 2000’s most interesting people. With lyricist Paul Lee, Gooding composed two critically acclaimed operas for young people, commissioned by Cleveland Opera, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and A TALE OF PETER RABBIT. His third commissioned opera, AN AESOP ODYSSEY, for which he was also the lyricist, received its world premiere in 1997. The three operas have already reached an aggregate audience of over 400,000 people in live performances around the US. David Gooding’s liturgical compositions are published through Cantorello Press.
In his other life, Gooding is a voice teacher, specializing in rehabbing injured voices. David Gooding is currently teaching in Cleveland and New York City. Gooding is a devoted supporter of St. Swithin, a champion of the works of Herschel Ludwig Schmenckens [whose dates were recorded by a numerically challenged municipal clerk as 1647-1853], and the lone fan of the un-noted woman composer, Maude Bailey Burke