Tony Woodcock | Berklee Valencia Campus

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Tony Woodcock

Visiting Professor for Music and Social Entrepreneurship

Tony Woodcock

Visiting Professor for Music and Social Entrepreneurship

"I love teaching! It extends me and provokes new thinking and possibilities. I like to create a safe, nurturing environment for the students, one which celebrates success and achievement, but also provides the support and encouragement when faced with failure and frustration. And it is in the heat and discomfort of the latter two that the best learning can really happen."

"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 not-for-profit world for major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and England and higher education with the New England Conservatory
  • Planned and celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the 100th anniversary for 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
  • 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