Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Chicago, IL, Julian J. Goods is the Assistant Director of the Austin Neighborhood Choir. He is a second year masters student studying Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan where he also received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (Choral) with Honors.
At the University of Michigan, Mr. Goods currently serves as co-director for the University of Michigan Chamber Choir. He also was a member of the Men’s Glee Club, served as Director of the Michigan Gospel Chorale and worked as a liaison to the Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he focused on ways to make classrooms and teaching more diverse both in population and the music being taught. In 2018, he traveled to South Africa where he spent time learning about South African music and tradition, finding ways to incorporate South African music into the classroom, and serving as a guest clinician for many choirs in the cities Pretoria and Soweto.
Most recently, Mr. Goods received several awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award from the North Campus Deans of the University of Michigan for his commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion, the Earl V. Moore Award from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance for exemplifying the highest level of artistic achievement in the Music Department, and was named one of the members of the Diapason Magazine’s 20 under 30 Class of 2019 for his devotion to the Organ, the Harpsichord, Carillon and Church Music.
Mr. Goods currently serves as organist at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Mr. Goods is President of the Collegiate Board and Central Region Recording Secretary for the National Association of Negro Musicians and is a faithful member of his local branch, the Detroit Musicians Association.