David Goodman, Music DirectorLike many musicians, Wild Ginger's co-founder, David Goodman, began a career in music because of the joy and communal experience he found in performing music. Dave began his studies as a rock and roll drummer. At the age of fourteen, he had his first experience performing in an orchestra during a summer festival in Vermont.  At this festival, he discovered the power of large ensemble music to generate strong, loving bonds between performers.  This feeling of community, as well as music's overwhelming emotional power inspired Dave to pursue a full time career as a musician.

Dave began studying music privately at the age of eleven. He was admitted to the Juilliard School's Pre-College division at age fifteen, studying percussion, piano, counterpoint, composition, and conducting.  Besides being a place of diverse musical study, Juilliard was Dave's first introduction to the "real world" and to "professional musical life."  After encountering cynicism and apathy from free lancers, teachers, and students, Dave tried to resolve the discrepancy between his love for music and the prospects of a career in music.

This struggle persisted through Dave's first year at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  By the end of his first year in college, he saw there was no current venue for realizing his ideal of musical community.  He would have to create his own. On November 5, 1995, the Wild Ginger Philharmonic gave its debut concert at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in Philadelphia.  There were roughly twenty people in the audience.


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