Marian Glennon Newell Memorial Chair

The Mary Kelley Memorial Chair


Keri Godon

Marian Glennon Newell Memorial Chair

Keri received her Bachelors of Music degree in 2001 from DePaul University. From 2001 to 2003 she studied music at Portland State University and in 2004 she received a Master of Music from Northwestern University. She has had the honor of studying with horn teachers including Russell White, Larry Johnson, Jon Boen, Greg Flint, Gail Williams, Bill Barnewitz, and Dale Clevenger.


Keri served as a teaching assistant for the Mt. Hood Brass Festival, Birch Creek Music Festival, Brass at Wallowa Lake, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, and the Menorca Pro Musica Festival in Spain.


As a freelance hornist Keri has performed as extra horn with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Concertante di Chicago, Evanston Symphony, Wheaton Symphony, and as principal horn with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra. Keri is a member of the International Chamber Artists and the Venia Arts Ensemble. Keri can often be heard playing horn at Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest. She and her horn have also traveled the globe to France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland.


In addition to her horn life, Keri is devoted to education and has served on the faculties of Wonder Studios, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview, St. Athanasius School in Evanston and belongs to Evanston Home Educators. Keri’s parents Joel and Kristine Dodds hosted a garage sale to pay for her first horn, her aunt and uncle financed the second, and the third is still being discussed with her husband. Keri was born in West Chicago, Illinois and raised in Sandy, Oregon. She and her husband Patrick live in Lake Bluff and love spending oodles of time with their sons Gilbert, Oliver, and Atticus.

"I adore chamber music for its ability to draw us deeply into the heart and mind of the composer. It is a delight to reveal glimpses of that character through the horn."

Keri Godon, horn

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