In his work as an orchestral educator and builder of ensembles, groups under his direction have been invited to perform across the globe at major conferences spanning the educational and scientific communities, including the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the International Society of Music Education Biennial in Glasgow, the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco, and the World Alliance of Arts Education in Auckland, NZ.
As a youth orchestra and music education specialist, he has worked with leading outreach programs in England, Scotland, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Canada, Israel and South Africa. Beyond multiple peer-review presentations, his invited speaking engagements on ensemble direction, music education and entrepreneurship since October 2010 include academic institutions such as the University of Western Ontario, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Cape Town University, Liverpool John Moores University, Western Washington University; centres for industry and innovation such Hub Zurich and Hub Vienna; two national symposia on the Arts in Education at London’s South Bank Centre; and NAMM and the music education association conferences for the provinces of Alberta and Québec.
In addition to a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from McGil University, Govias is the recipient of multiple honours, including the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership, the Reinhard Mohn Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Abreu Fellowship at the New England Conservatory. Now on his third career, as Director of Orchestras at UNC Charlotte, he previously worked as a Marketing Director for a major symphony orchestra, and as a corporate consultant for a German media multinational before returning to music.