Aaron Goodyke is an organist, music educator, and collaborative artist from West Michigan. He graduated from Hope College summa cum laude 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.
While at Hope, Aaron served in many leadership roles within campus governance, student life, and campus ministries, 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.
In the summer of 2016, he participated in the first ever Awakening Institute, a gathering of high school students from churches and schools across the United States. While fulfilling his duties as intern, he assisted director in the planning and administration for 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 current member of the Holland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has experience serving on the board as a student representative.
Beginning in January, Aaron will be teaching music at Holland Public Schools, overseeing Middle School choirs and Elementary music classes (K-7). Throughout the year, he serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church of Holland and Production Coordinator on the Board of Directors at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck(CMFS). Outside of school/rehearsal, Aaron enjoys reading, singing, conversation over coffee, and playing a good game of Settlers of Catan.