Department of Music

Howard Goldstein

Howard Goldstein Professor
128 Goodwin Music Building
(334) 844-3167


Dr. Howard Goldstein is a Professor of Music at Auburn University and Music Director of the Auburn University/Community Orchestra. He also teaches Music History, Music Appreciation, and String Methods, and has been Music Director for productions of the Auburn University Theatre. He is the Assistant Conductor of the Columbus (GA) Symphony, and has conducted concerts with the Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria), the Hradec Kralové Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore), and the Alabama Youth Symphony. For ten years he was guest conductor of the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama. He served on the faculty of the Korea String Research Institute and was resident conductor at the University of Szeged, Hungary, where he conducted concerts with both the University and Conservatory orchestras. He also conducted the Rochester Philharmonic as part of the Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Workshop. As a violinist he is active as a chamber musician, section player, and concertmaster for ensembles including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Troy University Choral Festival.

Dr. Goldstein and the Auburn/University Community Orchestra received two prestigious awards in 2010. The American Prize competition awarded the orchestra third place in the community orchestra category and Dr. Goldstein received a special award for excellence in music education.

In 2009 Dr. Goldstein became a founding member and lead violinist of Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta, the first professional tango orchestra in the Southeast, based at Emory University. His interest in the Argentine tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla has led to lectures and performances at the Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires and professional conferences in the United States (College Music Society, American String Teachers Association), as well as studies in Buenos Aires with Damian Bolotin and Sonia Possetti.

Dr. Goldstein is also active as a scholar in the field of American Popular Music, with a particular interest in the performance practice of musical theater in the first half of the 20th century. He was a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar at Yale University, "The American Popular Ballad, 1920-1950," led by Allen Forte and has authored several articles on Broadway singers in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In the field of music journalism, Dr. Goldstein has been a regular contributor of reviews, interviews, and feature articles to the BBC Music Magazine since 2006.

The Caroline Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University appointed Dr. Goldstein as the Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities for Spring 2009. The award was used to fund and structure a month long residency by the Tasman String Quartet of New Zealand, who offered concerts, master classes, and workshops both at Auburn University and throughout the state of Alabama.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Goldstein received his early musical education there, eventually receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied violin with Alexander Treger and conducting with Samuel Krachmalnick. At UCLA he won the Julia Lotze Prize in violin two years in a row. After studies in historical musicology at Columbia University, where he served as Assistant Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra, he studied conducting at the Peabody Conservatory with Frederik Prausnitz, served as his assistant as well as Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Workshop, and received Master's and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting. Dr. Goldstein also studied conducting with Hans Beer at the University of Southern California, Milan Horvat at the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Harold Farberman at the Conductor's Institute, and Neil Varon at the Eastman School of Music. Finally, Dr. Goldstein realized a long-term obsession a few years ago when he was a two night champion on the television game show, Jeopardy!

See Howard Goldstein and the Auburn University/Community Orchestra in concert performing the last movement of Beethoven's Second Symphony.

Last Updated: January 13, 2017