Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Doc Woods and The Wonderful Wizard of Was

"Doctuh" Michael Woods has scored and will be conducting performances of The Wonderful Wizard of Was on August 22 and 23 at 8 PM and August 24 at 2 PM on the Stanley Performing Arts Center World Stage in Utica, New York. More about the show at

Associate Professor of Music "Doctuh" Michael Woods is the Director of Jazz Studies at Hamilton College.

Born in Akron, Ohio in 1952, he grew up listening to Black gospel music and rhythm and blues. Woods studied music formally at Akron University where he finished with a B.M. degree in composition. He went on to obtain two masters degrees from Indiana University. Woods received his doctorate degree in music composition at University of Oklahoma in 1991.

Woods also studied jazz arranging and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Arts Administration. As a composer, Woods was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written over 500 pieces in all styles. His compositions have been performed by the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Little Rock Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Lafayette Symphony (Indiana), the Pro Musica Orchestra (Columbus, Indiana), the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and the Salt City Jazz Collective.