Mario Godoy

Composer/Saxophonist

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Mario Godoy (b.1988 Riverside, CA) is a composer, saxophonist, and music educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

His works have been described as "rhythmically brilliant" and "imaginatively colorful". He has written pieces for solo instruments, numerous chamber groups, wind ensemble, works for instruments with electronics, fixed media electronic music, as well as music for video games and film. Groups he has worked with include Friction Quartet, Mobius Trio, The Living Earth Show, the International Low Brass Trio, and the Del Sol String Quartet among many others. In 2015, Mario was awarded a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to compose a new work for the Einsteinium Saxophone Quartet which premiered January 2017 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. 

As a saxophonist, he has performed professionally across the gamut of musical genres having performed with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions, multiple chamber groups, jazz big bands, jazz combos, and rock bands. His most notable ongoing performance project is as the saxophonist and live electronics player for Oakland-based experimental pop band, Makeunder.

He holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied under David Garner and Dan Becker. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Redlands where he studied saxophone with Dr. Eddie Smith and composition with Dr. Anthony Suter. 

He resides in the East Bay where he teaches private and group lessons to musicians of all ages. He is currently the music instructor at Maybeck High School in Berkeley, CA.