Living Music


 A champion of new music, Woods has a history of commissioning works,  creating venues for today’s living composers and getting audiences excited about what’s happening at the concert hall…


Woods leads the CSO in John Corigliano’s Grammy winning Symphony No. 1 


As the Director of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Woods commissioned  Pulitzer Prize nominee Harold Farberman to write Three Letters in honor of American Veterans, it premiered Saturday, May 19th, 2012.

I. Snow with Rochelle Bard, Soprano


Rome Prize Winner Lisa Bielawa was commissioned in 2010 to write a work celebrating 35th years of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the results…

Emerald Waltz

hear her reflections on the project…


In 2009 the Cambridge Symphony spotlighted rising star composer Nkeiru OKoye

performing The Journey of  Phillis Wheatley 

“Okoye weaves an ecletic musical tapestry all her own”…

Boston Herald, 2005


Grammy winning composer Joan Tower and internationally acclaimed violinist, Peter Zazofsky joined Ms. Woods and the CSO for the New England premier of Tower’s

Concerto for Violin



One of Woods’ great honors was to work with living legend George Crumb on his masterpiece, Haunted Landscapes