Paula Van Goes is "a virtuoso saxophonist that possesses excellent technical attributes and a deep understanding of the music [she] performs" (Ovación). As a Selmer-Paris Artist and Clinician she enjoys a career as a chamber musician, soloist and educator. Serving as the Interim Professor of Saxophone at Universidade de Brasília Dr. Van Goes is the first American and one of the first women to teach saxophone within the Brazilian university system.
Paula has toured and lectured throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Peru, Scotland, Ukraine and the United States recent appearances include with Branford Marsalis and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro in Brasília, solo performances at the 5th International Festival and 2nd Youth Saxofone Competition PERUSAX-2016 in Huánuco, Peru, the 2016 Toronto International Electoracoustic Conference in Canada, the III Encuentro Internacional de Saxofonistas in Argentina, and Saxofoneado 2016 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, SaxOpen the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, the 2015 Faenza Saxophone Festival in Italy, and at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. Recent engagements include a recital at Casa Thomas Jefferson, the cultural institute of the United States Embassy in Brasília, Brazil, a United States tour with recitals and master classes at the University of Miami, the University of Memphis, Belmont University and Claflin University as well as performances at the College Music Society Great Plains Festival and the University of Nebraska-Kearney New Music Festival.
Paula holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Past academic appointments include Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Dr. Van Goes’ teachers include Dale Underwood, Timothy Timmons, and Robert Fought. For more information, please visit her website, www.paulavangoes.com.