Aaron Goodyke is an organist, music educator, and collaborative artist from West Michigan. He graduated from Hope College Summa Cum Laude (inducted into Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education with an emphasis in organ studies. He grew up in the Holland/Zeeland area, participating a variety of musical and fine arts activities throughout high school. Aaron began his organ study with Nancy Mulder and later studied with Dr. Huw Lewis FRCO at Hope College. He studied voice and conducting with Dr. Brad Richmond as a student and currently studies with Nicholas Loren. While at Hope, Aaron served in many leadership roles within campus governance, student life, campus ministries, and various academic departments, in addition to his performances, accompanying, and other music-related gigs.
Aaron is active in exploring technology integration in the music classroom. In the spring of 2015, he received a grant from the National Association for Music Merchants to attend the Music Technology Leadership Academy hosted by Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) in San Antonio, Texas, where he collaborated with other educators nationwide on the topic of engaging the 'non-traditional' music student through technology. He completed his student teaching in the fall of 2016 at West Ottawa High School and Woodside Elementary under the supervision of Pam Pierson and Lee Ann Jones. In the spring of 2017, Aaron received recognition from the Network of Michigan Educators and the Michigan Department of Education for being a "Teacher of Promise".
An active leader of worship, Aaron is drawn to church music, serving most recently at First Presbyterian Church of Holland as organist, accompanist, and handbell choir director. Since the summer of 2016, he has assisted in the annual Awakening Institute at Hope College, a gathering of high school students from churches and schools across the United States that focuses on the intersection of theology, worship, and the arts. While fulfilling his duties as intern, he assists the director with administering the event, in addition to serving on the staff for keyboard studies.
Aaron has performed in several churches and venues throughout West Michigan, most recently being the Pillar Church Noon Concert series, the Free @ 3 series at First Reformed Church of Holland, and the Tulip Time Organ recitals at Dimnent Chapel. He is a member of the Holland and Grand Rapids Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and has experience serving on the board while a student at Hope College.
Aaron is in his second year as the Middle School Choir Director at Caledonia Community Schools, where he directs six choirs grades 6-8. Throughout the year, he serves as Production Coordinator on the Board of Directors at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck(CMFS), Choral/Organ Scholar in Residence at Second Reformed Church, and accompanies various students in Statewide MSBOA & MSVMA events.
Outside of school/rehearsal, Aaron enjoys reading, conversation over coffee, and playing a good game of Settlers of Catan.