Paula Van Goes

Paula Van Goes

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 based in Atlanta, Georgia.


In recent performances, Paula has shared the stage with Branford Marsalis and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro in Brasília and presented at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

She has performed and lectured in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Scotland, Ukraine and the United States, with recent solo recitals at the XVIII Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón México, Casa Thomas Jefferson, the cultural institute of the United States Embassy in Brasília, Brazil, Toronto International Electroacoustic Convention in Canada, III Encuentro Internacional de Saxofonistas in Argentina, Faenza Saxophone Festival in Italy, and Soochow University in Suzhou, China.

An active chamber musician, Van Goes collaborates in a variety of settings. One of her current projects is in conjunction with vocalist, Regina Stronsek. The duo for saxophone and soprano voice explores the timbral possibilities of their instruments with emphasis of works by female composers. Since 2014 she has performed with Chatterbird, a Nashville-based alternative classical music collective, dedicated to exploring uniquely orchestrated chamber music.

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 Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 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.