Ted Godbout is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Music-Piano Performance from St. John’s University and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. A versatile and active musician, Ted performs frequently as a jazz pianist and classical accompanist, as well in funk, R&B, and rock bands. He has performed with such notable artists and groups as Ron Miles, Mark Colby, and the Harry James Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist in the Music Northwest Chamber Music Series in Seattle, WA and the St. Cloud Symphony Honors Concert in St. Cloud, MN.
Ted attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, where he studied piano with Dr. Edward Turley. During his time there he accompanied numerous student recitals and also worked frequently as a jazz pianist in the nearby St. Cloud area. He also played trombone and keyboards in Fred Savage and the Unbeatables, which released two full-length albums and opened for such acts as Three Dog Night, OAR, Tommy James and the Shondells, Bobby Vee, and De La Soul.
Ted continued his studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, earning an M.M. in Jazz Studies and studying with Toby Koenigsberg. He was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the areas of Music Theory and Jazz Studies and taught Aural Skills, Keyboard Skills and directed jazz combos. He was also on faculty at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene where he taught jazz piano and directed jazz combos.
Ted is currently on faculty at Chaska Music Studios and Augsburg College and maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. In addition to leading his own trio he frequently backs local musicians at Jazz Central Studios and appears regularly with PaviElle, Katia Cardenas, BDP, and the Bill Simenson Orchestra. Ted also serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN.