Mark Woodward

Multnomah Chorus Director

Mark Woodward is a choir and orchestral conductor, tenor, composer, and arranger. At Multnomah Arts Center, he conducts the Multnomah Chorus- a non-audition community choir for women and men. Mark has conducted the group since its formation in the fall of 2011. In addition to the standard repertoire, he enjoys composing and arranging songs for the choir.

Mark is also Artistic Director of BRAVO Youth Orchestras, the first El Sistema-inspired intensive music program in Oregon. He is the principal architect of BRAVO’s unique strings curriculum. Mark weaves rigorous solfege singing and student composition into the orchestra’s graded repertoire. He has arranged over a hundred pieces of classical, folk, and world music for youth orchestra. BRAVO currently serves four North Portland public schools.

Mark is one of twelve International Teaching Faculty for the National Take A Stand Festival, a national summer youth orchestra sponsored by the LA Philharmonic and Bard College. He has also served as Associate Conductor of Pacific Youth Choir and on the teaching faculty of Community Music Center.

In 2012, Mark won the “Best of the Northwest: Young Composer Competition.” He was the recipient of The Sinquefield Prize in composition in 2008. His original compositions and arrangements have been performed by Portland Vocal Consort, Juventus New Music Ensemble (Boston), and the Oregon Symphony.

Mark holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.