Cynthia Woods, Music Director

Conductor Cynthia Woods mined the mystery from the slow passages, pulling cool smoky tones from the strings and commanding glittering climaxes from the full ensemble.

(Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review)

Cheers to Woods and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra for a …Firebird with nuanced hue, elevated gesture and multifaceted orchestration

(David Paterson, Boston Musical Intelligencer)

Hailed as a conductor with gusto and exuberance (Jim McDonald, Boston Musical Intelligencer) whose performances have dynamic and immersing outcomes (John Galigour, Sun Valley News), and recognized for her intelligent and out of the ordinary programming (Vance Koven, Boston Musical Intelligencer), Ms. Woods has become a recognized and respected conductor in the Boston community and beyond.  The Music Director for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Woods is also a frequent guest conductor, having performed across the U.S., Europe and South America.

Ms. Woods began her conducting career with a literal bang, making her debut with Stravinsky’s iconic masterwork The Rite of Spring and the massive 118-piece Worcester Consortium Orchestra.  Since then she has gone on to a successful career, winning acclaim in all idioms, including opera, choral, chamber, and symphonic orchestra. She has collaborated with some of today’s great artists, including Joan Tower, Lisa Bielawa, Alexander Korsantia and Gianni Gino di Marco, as well as recently serving as the Music Director for Oscar winning director Morgan Neville’s (20 Feet from Stardom) newest documentary on Amar Bose.  In her upcoming season, Ms. Woods will conduct the world premiere of Conrad Pope’s latest symphonic work. An icon in the Hollywood world, Pope’s credits include My Life with Marylyn and Tim Vermeer.

Along with her conducting activities, Ms. Woods is also a frequent speaker and writer. She has been a guest lecturer at institutions such as MIT and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, a panelist for radio shows such as WGBH’s Callie Crossley, and a frequent contributor to The Boston Herald’s State of the Arts blog. She was awarded a scholarship to study violin with the Grammy award winning Takács String Quartet at the University of Colorado Boulder, received the Dean’s Talent Award while doing her graduate studies at the Hartt School of Music and won a full fellowship to study composition at the prestigious Atlantic Center for the Arts.  In addition to her current roles as Music Director and guest conductor, Ms. Woods is also the conductor for the Youth Repertory Orchestra at the New England Conservatory, where she serves on the violin and conducting faculty.