Faculty detail | Berklee Valencia Campus

Tony Woodcock

Instructor Global Entertainment and Music Business

In Their Own Words

"I enjoy working with students and discovering where they are in their lives, thinking, and work. My teaching style models this and is full of questions and curiosity about them, making this part of the teaching and learning experience." 

"I would like my students to feel that our interactions have inspired further discovery. My passion for social entrepreneurship is a guide to my work. I enjoy introducing these new ideas as they relate to music’s position in the contemporary world. My experience in the performing arts and with nonprofits provides new opportunities for Berklee students to explore."

"Peer learning, interactivity, full discussion, and debate are all elements that I use to challenge the class so that the environment is creative and rich with connections."

Career Highlights

  • Worked in the nonprofit world for major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and England, and higher education with the New England Conservatory of Music
  • Planned and celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the 100th anniversary of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Dorset, England
  • Commissioned Paul McCartney to write his first-ever classical work, “Liverpool Oratorio”
  • Created the Sistema Fellows Program and Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory of Music
  • Successfully negotiated 13 collective bargaining agreements with orchestras, avoiding both strikes and lockouts
  • Raised more than $250 million for music in the past 10 years
  • President of New England Conservatory of Music, where he created new programs and repositioned existing programs such as Opera, Orchestra, and Contemporary Improvisation.
  • Has held top leadership positions running major symphony orchestras in England and the U.S., including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra


  • Recipient of two Bernstein Education Awards
  • Recipient of the Sainsbury Education Award
  • Recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Education Award
  • Recipient of the British Society Award of Merit (Boston)  


  • Bachelor of Music, Cardiff University