WFIU is pleased to announce the result of a nationwide search for a music director: Joe Goetz. Joe comes to Bloomington from Burlington, Vermont, where most recently he has been a producer and daily host at Vermont Public Radio’s music service, VPR Classical. His first day on the job will be Monday, June 2.
“I’m very excited to embark on the next stage of my career at WFIU,” Joe says. “I believe this station has the community and institutional support to make WFIU an industry leader in public radio music broadcasting, and it’s a huge honor to be a part of it. I look forward to meeting the WFIU family of listeners as we all work toward making WFIU the very best that it can be!”
Joe began his career in radio while a junior music major at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. An internship at KCME turned into a daily shift hosting classical music. After graduating in 2007, Joe began work at Vermont Public Radio. At VPR, in addition to hosting a daily classical music program, he created numerous special programs in partnerships with local classical music organizations.
Alongside his work in radio, Joe has many music performances to his credit, including appearances at Spoleto Festival USA and Jazz at Lincoln Center as a member of the Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble. He has also appeared in multiple concerts around Vermont as a chamber music pianist and as member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Vermont Choral Union, and Burlington Choral Society.
Joe describes himself as “an avid golfer, a mediocre skier, and a reasonably competent fantasy football player.” He and his wife, Meghann, enjoy traveling whenever they can, and “hanging out with their nicer-than-average cats” when they’re at home.
Joe succeeds David Wood, who has followed his wife, Caela, a pastor, back to their home state of Kansas and will be focusing attention on being a singer and choral conductor.
“We were very sorry to lose David,” says WFIU station operations director Will Murphy. “He brought the position of music director at WFIU to a high level of professionalism. But the silver lining is that Joe will have a great foundation on which to build. Joe was treasured by members of Vermont Public Radio, and I expect WFIU listeners will soon become fans as well.”