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Jonathan Woody (Bass-Baritone)

Born: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA

The American bass-baritone, Jonathan Woody, obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed his Master of Music degree in Early Music at McGill University in 2010 as a student of Sanford Sylvan.

Jonathan Woody maintains an active performing schedule as a concert and operatic singer. He is a sought-after performer of early and new music in New York and nationwide. An early-music specialist, he is equally comfortable as soloist and ensemble member. Called an "artist worth keeping an eye on" by the Washington Post and noted for "clarity and fire" by the New York Times and called “charismatic” and “riveting” by the New York Times, he is a member of the Grammy-nominated Trinity Wall Street Choir, where he is consistently featured, often in performances of works by George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach. He performs regularly with ensembles across the USA; recent engagements include performances with the Green Mountain Project, the Clarion Music Society, Musica Sacra, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, TENET, Signal Ensemble, Prototype Festival, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Brooklyn Baroque and Gotham Chamber Opera.

In recent seasons Jonathan Woody has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall & Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, Barbican, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, John F. Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Walt Disney Concert Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Barclays Center. the and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has performed with such groups as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy (Director: Bernard Labadie) and La Chapelle de Québec, Montreal's Theatre of Early Music (Director: Daniel Taylor), Washington Bach Consort (Director: J. Reilly Lewis), National Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, Gentlemen of St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, and Washington's Bach Sinfonia (Director: Daniel E. Abraham).

During the 2012-2013 concert season Jonathan Woody collaborated with the Denver Early Music Consort, New York's TENET, Brooklyn Baroque, Mark Morris Dance Group, Austin's Ensemble VIII and the Rolling Stones. In recent seasons, he has been seen on the operatic stage as Un Ami in Milhaud's Le Pauvre Matelot, as the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, as Claudio in G.F. Handel's Agrippina and as Escamillo in Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen. He has performed in productions with the Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Pocket Opera of New York, Opera McGill, Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Opera Lafayette and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. In 2012, he was awarded Honorable Mention in the Seventh Biennial Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers in Bethehem, Pennsylvania, in 2013 he was selected as the Virginia Best Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California, and in 2014 he joined the Oregon Bach Festival as the OBF Vocal Fellow.

Upcoming engagements include performances with BAM's Next Wave Festival, Bach Collegium San Diego (Director: Ruben Valenzuela), Handel and Haydn Society and Nashville Symphony, and touring with Apollo's Fire (Director: Jeannette Sorrell) and Pegasus Early Music.

Jonathan Woody has recorded with the Trinity Wall Street Choir under the Musica Omnia label, most recently being featured on the premiere recording of Ralf Yusuf Gawlick's Missa Gentis Humanae for 8 voices. In May 2014 Quill Classics featured him as soloist for a concert of German and French music by Brooklyn Baroque and Friends at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Source: Quill Classics Website; Master Chorale | The Apollo Club Website; Jonathan Woody profile on Facebook (Photos)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Rebecca Pechefsky


Video: BWV 82 [2014]; Aria from BWV 81 [2015]

Stephen Sands


Member of Antioch Chamber Ensemble:
C-1 (2015, Video),
BWV 21, BWV 243a

Allen Shaffer


Member of Countertop Ensemble:
BWV 106 [2010]

Julian Wachner


C-3 (2013, Video): BWV 175

Links to other Sites

Jonathan Woody - bass-baritone (Quill Classics)
Jonathan Woody (Master Chorale | The Apollo Club)
Metropolis Ensemble | Electronium: Jonathan Woody
Jonathan Woody, Bass-Baritone on Facebook

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