Dick Goodwin

aka Gordon (Dick) Goodwin



Symphony Orchestra

Amazing Grace (2001) (with optional chorus or soloists) a version of this popular hymn was commissioned by the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a "9/11" concert for the City of Columbia. (Numerous other arrangements are available. See The Jazz Guy.)

Overture 1801-2001 (2001) written for the USC Bicentennial celebration and premiered by the USC Orchestra, Donald Portnoy conducting. 7 1/2 min.

Mark Twain Remarks (2000) (with male chorus), a work in four movements on Mark Twain texts premiered on the Philharmonic's March 2001 subscription masterworks series. It was commissioned by the Palmetto Mastersingers and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. 30 min.

Streets of Laredo Variations (2000) for cello solo with string orchestra was commissioned by the Kerrville Music Foundation, Rod Kennedy, founder/director, for Doug Harman, cello, and David Amram conducting the Festival Orchestra. "Streets" was also featured at the 2001 USC Conductors Institute with Dr. Robert Jesselson, soloist. 12 min.

Fanfare's Last Stand (2000) commissioned by the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Smith, conductor. 3 min.

Low-Country Hauntings (1999) (four movements) commissioned by the Lowcountry Heritage Society and performed by the USC Symphony Orchestra, Donald Portnoy conducting, at the Koger Center in Columbia and at the College of Charleston. 20+ min.

October Collection (1999) (four movements) premiered by the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Smith conducting, in Columbia and at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. 25 min.

Paraph for Clarinet and Orchestra (1996) a single movement work recorded by the Warsaw (Poland) Philharmonic with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, Jerzy Swoboda conducting. This recording is due to be released soon on the MMC label. Clarinetist Douglas Graham (who is also featured on CD "Studio Time" -- see The Jazz Guy page) has performed the work a number of times with the Conductor's Institute Orchestra, the USC Orchestra (with Donald Portnoy), and the Florence (SC) Orchestra (Benjamin Woods conducting). 12 min.

Palmetto Symphony (1989) in four movements. Commissioned by the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Einar Anderson, music director. ca. 22 min.


In the Bleak Midwinter (2001) SATB with solo cello. The piece was performed at the First Presbyterian Church (Columbia, SC) and then taken on a European tour by the USC Concert Choir (Larry Wyatt, conductor) with Benjamin Wyatt as cello soloist.

Mark Twain Remarks (2000) Male chorus with full orchestra (see Symphony Orchestra above).

Sing a Jubilant Song (2000) SATB, organ, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani (doubling suspended cymbal), commissioned by Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Donald Gray, music director. 12 min.

A Gaelic Prayer (1998) SATB benediction setting commissioned by the Lexington Methodist Church, Jerry Gatch, music director.

The Blue Bonnet Girl (1996) for SSA/piano and opt. cello and percussion. Commissioned by the Children's Chorus of San Antonio and published by Southern Music.

Symphonic Band

Stephen Foster Fantasy (2001) an impressionistic composition for Symphonic Band, commissioned by Eastern Kentucky University, Joseph Allison, conductor.

Overture 1801-2001 written for the USC Bicentennial celebration. Originally written for orchestra, transcribed for band the same year by the composer.

Sumter! (2000) for Symphonic Band and Chorus, commissioned for the Sumter Bicentennial and premiered by the Sumter High School Band and Choir.

Symphony 1991 (1991) a major work in four movements, commissioned by a consortium of colleges and band directors.


PIANO TRIO: A Swing Through Time (2001) a multi-movement work that traces the history of jazz, commissioned by the Upton Trio. An additional movement was added later to give the players some room to "stretch out" (improvise). 24 min.


Boop Music, (2001) commissioned by the Carolina Chamber Players. A four movement piece with musics inspired by the energetic tracks behind Betty Boop cartoons.

Camerata Quintet (1999) written for the USC faculty woodwind quintet. It has been also been performed by the neoPhonia new music ensemble at Georgia State University and the new music ensemble at the University of Miami.

TWO CLARINETS/PIANO/STRING QUARTET: Girls and Boys (2000) (two movements) commissioned by the Carolina Chamber Players and performed and recorded by them April 2, 2000. The group included the Miro String Quartet! 20+ min.

CLARINET & MARIMBA: Seven Deadly Sins (1985) written for clarinetist Douglas Graham and James Hall, marimba. "Sins" has received numerous performances across the country.

CELLO & PIANO: Carolina Caper (1999) commissioned by the Chamber Pots, premiered by Robert Jesselson, cello and Charles Fugo.

PERCUSSION & PIANO : Stories from the Stones (1994) in two movements commissioned by The Percussive Two and taken on tour in up-state NY. It is a reasonable multiple percussion set up (not "the kitchen sink"...Glockenspiel is the largest, heaviest item). The pianist doubles on some light percussion.

A BOOK for TWO FLUTES/CLARINET/CELLO (or bassoon): 40+ titles available--they include arrangements of typical wedding requests, Christmas tunes, reception background music, plus a few originals.

BRASS QUINTET: March from Die Zauberposaune, a perfect processional (it has been used for years at graduations, etc. at the University of South Carolina and elsewhere), plus a handful of other titles.

GUITAR MUSIC (duets, etc.): An album of pieces written to be used as background music for the widely syndicated television series Nature Scene. Most of the selections were written as duets or trios and were overdubbed by one player (Jim Mings) in the studio. The recording (cassette) is also available from SCETV. A number of the pieces have been edited by composer/guitarist, Dr. Jim Dickson.


Gabriel (1975) a chamber opera about the end of the world -- 9 singers, a couple of prerecorded cameos by local celebrities, plus 10 instrumentalists) Libretto by W. John Williams. 45 min.

The Christmas Fix a musical based on a German folk tale, book by award winning playwright, John MacNicholas. Full cast, four person pit.

The Wrestling Princess, based on a story by Judy Cobalis with lyrics by E.W. Wells, commissioned by Smith College.

Goodwin has also composed themes, incidental music, and songs for many theater, ballet, and industrial show productions.


Marching Band

See listing on Arranger page.

Film/Television Scores

Dr. Goodwin has composed and produced dozens of scores for documentary films (including the widely syndicated ETV series, Nature Scene).




Updated: June 23, 2017

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Upcoming Public Events

July 19 (Wed.) Dick Goodwin Big Band with guest guitarist Dwight Spencer at the Main Street Public House (Columbia, SC) 7:00 – 10:00

July 23 (Sun.) DG Big Band in concert at the Lourie Center (1650 Park Cir., Columbia) at 3:00

Healing Harmonies:  Dick continues to coordinate (and write a lot of arrangements for) a series of concerts at Palmetto Richland, Palmetto Baptist, and the VA hospitals … an outreach program sponsored by the South Carolina Philharmonic

Write us for more details on any of these programs … dgmusics@bellsouth.net

Dick -- sometimes known as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin – continues to write choral and symphonic music and to do arrangements for such groups as the SC Philharmonic, Billings (Montana) and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras.

Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Phil., staff pianist at USC, and pianist at Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church.  She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have completed an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.




Dick, also known as composer Gordon (Dick) Goodwin recently had a large work for orchestra and chorus premiered at Southeast Missouri Universtiy in Cape Girardeau.  The work, “Timeless Banks and Shoals” (with texts by Paddy Bell) was commissioned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the University’s River Campus. 

May 6 the Big Band played for Social Inc.’s annual event with 1500 young people promenading and dancing in unison into the evening at the James Brown Arena/Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA

May 7 (2:30-500 as always) – Carolina Jazz Society at the Lourie Center (Traditional Jazz Concert)

May 15 DG Big Band played again this year for the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Convention Center

May 21 the Big Band was featured as part of Doug & Bunny Williams’ “rural jazz festival”  -- for more details:

June 4 the Big Band played a Piccolo Spoteto (Charleston, SC) concert to a full house with the Columbia Choral Society.   His composition “Jasmine Rhythms” (with text by Paddy Bell) was the featured work


Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Phil. and as staff pianist at USC where she has done a string of recitals including performances with visiting guest artists from the Philadelphia and the Met Opera Orchestras.  She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have completed an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.


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Article about Dick Goodwin in December 28, 2008, The State: PDF

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