Dr. Andre’ E. Godsey, Sr. Ph.D. is a freelance composer who, for the last 10 years, has written both classical and jazz musical compositions. With formal music training at Lake Clifton Senior High School, from 1976 to 1979, Godsey was awarded the Musician of the Year for 1979 in his graduating class. While in high school, he studied classical music where his principal instrument was French horn. He also traveled with the jazz band in high school where he played the trumpet. He played in the Baltimore City public school All-City Band and was selected to perform in Memorial Stadium at a Baltimore Colts football game half-time. He also sang in Lake Clifton’s school choir, and studied the bassoon, the piano, the french horn and trumpet.

In 1979, he attended Howard University’s school of music where he played French horn in the concert band and marching band. There, he studied French Horn with Professor William Penn. He has studied music theory at Berklee College of Music, composition at Harford Community College, and he recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Education at Liberty University school of music. In more recent times, Godsey has returned to music where he has completed five symphonies, one violin concerto, numerous small chamber works, several jazz compositions featuring trumpet and his most recent work, an opera, informally titled, Tell the Truth.

Academically, he was the valedictorian of his undergraduate class at Sojourner-Douglass College in 1991 and was the recipient of one scholarship, Frank DeCosta . He is a Goldseker Fellow from Morgan State University. Godsey holds ten degrees, which includes an earned Ph.D. in Human Services from Capella University and a M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Seminary. He is happily married for 30 years to the apple of his eye, Lakita C. Godsey, and they have a son, Andre’ E. Godsey, Jr.


Dimensions Vol. 3

Release Date: September 11, 2020
Catalog Number: nv6311
21st Century
The third installment in Navona Records’ series for orchestra is here: DIMENSIONS VOL 3, featuring the work of contemporary composers Michael G. Cunningham, Andre’ Godsey, Miguel Matamoro, Paul Osterfield, and Eric Simonson. Harnessing the power of a concert hall full of virtuosos performing original compositions from today’s composers, DIMENSIONS VOL 3 packs a powerful punch.