Following a thorough national search for the position of Director of Athletic Bands, we are excited to share the news of the appointment of Ms. Amy Woody to the UNT College of Music Faculty. Ms. Woody succeeds Dr. Daniel Cook, who is departing UNT to assume the position of Director of Bands at Ithaca College.
Amy Woody has completed doctoral coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting with a related field in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas, where she currently works as a Teaching Fellow and graduate coordinator within the Wind Studies program. Her teachers include Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dr. Andrew Trachsel, and Dr. Daniel Cook.
Prior to UNT, Ms. Woody served as the director of bands (2014– 2021) and associate director of bands (2007– 2014) at John H. Guyer High School in Denton, Texas. The Guyer Wind Ensemble was named a Commended Winner in the 2021 Mark of Excellence New Music Category, a 2018 Mark of Excellence National Winner, and a 2018 Western International Band Conference Invited Ensemble in Seattle, Washington.
Currently, Ms. Woody serves as the chief programs officer for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (LSWO), a professional wind band based in the DFW metroplex. She has performed in the clarinet section of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra since the fall of 2008. In her time with the ensemble she performed at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Clarinetfest, the OU Clarinet Symposium as well as other professional engagements in the DFW area. Ms. Woody’s past performance engagements include the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and Oswego Opera Orchestra.
Ms. Woody is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (master of music in clarinet performance) and Baylor University (bachelor of music education). She currently resides in Denton, and very much enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her most lovable labrador pup, Russell.