Townsend School of Music Opens Joan Stockstill Godsey Concert Series Tuesday, Oct. 20


MACON – Mercer University's Townsend School of Music will open the Joan Stockstill Godsey Concert Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a performance by distinguished faculty artist Elizabeth Pridgen and guest pianist Julie Coucheron. All performances in this series are free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Neva Langley Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building. 

“I am honored to be opening the Joan Stockstill Godsey Concert Series at Mercer this year,” said Pridgen. “I am particularly thrilled to present my first recital featuring four-hand and two-piano music with my dear friend Julie Coucheron.” 

The pair will be playing works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Gershwin.  

Coucheron has established an international career, winning first prize in all the national competitions she has attended, in addition to winning prizes in Italy, Germany and the United States. Originally from Oslo, Norway, she now resides in Atlanta and is a member of the Georgian Chamber Players.  

With the inception of the Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies, the Townsend School of Music features Steinway & Sons pianos for all teaching, rehearsals and performances. The Center hosts an annual Concert Series that features leading international performing keyboard artists. 

The Godsey Center joins the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, the Townsend McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies and the Jo Phelps Fabian Center for Musical Excellence as signature programs of the Townsend School of Music. 

“We have an exciting season ahead,” said Pridgen. 

For a complete list of performances, including world-renowned pianist Andre Watts in April, visit