Joe Goodkin

Joe has been performing his unique interpretation of The Odyssey for high school and college audiences since 2002. Drawing on his Bachelor's Degree in the Classics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his years of writing and performing original rock and acoustic music, Joe has created a 35 minute long composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice, which deconstructs the story of Homer's Odyssey in song, invoking the spirit of the ancient Greek bards who originally brought forth the timeless stories of Odysseus and the heroes of the Trojan War, while making the poem and the circumstances of its creation accessible to modern audiences of all ages.

The Odyssey was honored in 2003, 2004, and 2012 with an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Award.

Joe has performed The Odyssey at:

Oak Park River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois
Latin High School, Chicago, Illinois
Glenbard East High School, Lombard, Illinois
Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Illinois
Barrington Middle School, Barrington, Illinois
Perspectives Charter School, Chicago, Illinois
Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Illinois
Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Illinois
Foothill High School, Henderson, Nevada
New Trier High School, Northfield, Illinois
Maine East High School, Park Ridge, Illinois
Lyons Township High School, La Grange, Illinois
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Rochester University, Rochester, New York
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
The Illinois Junior Classical League Convention
Edgewood High School, Madison, Wisconsin
Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
University of Chicago Lab School, Chicago, Illinois
Harpeth Hall, Nashville, Tennessee
Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Illinois
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
The 2012 National Junior Classical League Convention (Wake Forest)
The 2013 Illinois Classical Conference (University of Chicago)
Regis University, Denver, Colorado
Lemont High School, Lemont, Illinois
Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois
The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, Illinois
Greenhills High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
The 2013 Missouri Junior Classical League Convention
The 2013 National Junior Classical League Convention (UNLV)
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado
The University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
The University of South Florida, Tampa Bay, Florida
The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
The 2014 Florida Junior Classical League State Forum
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
The 2014 Missouri Scholars Academy, Columbia, Missouri
Great Books Summer Program, Amherst College, Massachusetts
The 2014 National Junior Classical League Convention (Emory)
Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Harper College, Palatine, Illinois
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
The Classical Magnet School, Hartford, Connecticut
Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut
Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin
The 2015 Wisconsin Junior Classical League Convention
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
The 2015 Indiana Junior Classical League Convention
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada
The 2015 North Carolina JCL Convention (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Veritas Academy, Austin, Texas
University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Regents School, Austin, Texas
The 2015 Missouri Scholars Academy, Columbia, Missouri
The 2015 National Junior Classical League Convention (Trinity)
Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois
Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Illinois
Columbia University, New York, New York
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, Illinois
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Weaver Academy, Greensboro, North Carolina
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
University of California - Davis, California
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
University of California - Berkeley, California
University of California - Santa Barbara, California
University High School. Irvine, California
Mirman School, Los Angeles, California
Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
The Duplex Cabaret, New York, New York
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Eagle Ridge Academy, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
The 2016 Minnesota Junior Classical League Convention
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Oak Hall School, Gainesville, Florida
Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin
Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
The 2016 Missouri Scholars Academy
The 2016 National Junior Classical League Convention
William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
The College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia
The 2017 Washington/BC Junior Classical League Convention
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tennessee
The 2017 Pennsylvania Junior Classical League Convention (Penn State)
The 2017 Missouri Scholars Academy
The 2017 National Junior Classical League Convention (TROY University)
Cornell University, ITHACA, New York
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Robin Theatre, Lansing, Michigan
Humanities West, San Francisco, California
Menlo School, Atherton, California
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Cherry Hill High School East, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Catholic Memorial School, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California
The University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
The 2018 Missouri Scholars Academy
The 2018 National Junior Classical League Convention (Miami University)
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, Connecticut
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
The 2019 Orality and Literacy Conference, Austin, Texas
The 2019 California Junior Classical League Convention, Orinda, California
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Union College, Schenectady, New York
St. Andrew's School, Middletown, Delaware 
The 2019 National Junior Classical League Convention, Fargo, North Dakota
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pomfret School, Pomfret, Connecticut
Austin College, Sherman, Texas
The University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
The 2020 Area C Texas Junior Classical League Convention
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
The University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
The 2020 Casper College Humanities Festival, Casper, Wyoming
The 2020 ETClassics Program (online)
The 2020 National Junior Classical League Convention (online)
Founders Classical Academy, Texas (online)
St. Norbert College, WI (online)
Trinity College, CT (online)
Waterloo School, TX (online)
Valencia College, FL (online and in-person)
Kenyon College, OH (online)
Bunnell Arts Center, HOMER, Alaska
The 2021 National Junior Classical League Convention (online)
The 2021 Monmouth College Classics Day
University of Buffalo, NY (online)
Emory University, GA (online)
The American School of Classical Studies, Athens, GREECE
OIKOS Seminar, Nunspeet, The Netherlands
St. Stephen's School, ROME, Italy
Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas
Penn State, PA (online)
UMass, MA  (online)
Johns Hopkins, MD (online)
The 2022 Illinois Junior Classical League Convention (Lyons, IL)
Vassar College, NY (online)
St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The 2022 National Junior Classical League Convention (LA)
Black River Public School, Holland, Michigan
Hope College, Holland, Michigan
The Linsly School, Wheeling, West Virginia
St. Andrew's School, Austin, Texas
The Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, Connecticut
Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The 2023 Maryland Junior Classical League Convention (Easton, MD)
BYUI, Rexburg, Idaho
The 2023 National Junior Classical League Convention (GA)
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
BYU, Provo, Utah
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
UMass-Boston, Massachusetts
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Oxford, England
University College Dublin, Ireland
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Cambridge, England
University of Exeter, England
Royal Holloway, University of London, England



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