In Lectures

Woods will speak about how to trust your voice and medium through personal revelation

School of Music professor Alexander Woods. Photo courtesy of Ty Davis. 

BYU School of Music professor Alexander Woods will present “The Work of Translation: the Violin as a Seer Stone,” in the first Faith + Works lecture of the 2019-2020 season on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

The College of Fine Arts and Communications initiated the lecture series in 2016 to continue its mission to “teach the disciplines of art, communications, dance, design, music and theatre media arts.”

As a student at Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Arizona, Woods has studied with some of the world’s greatest violinists, including Syoko Aki, Robert Mealy, Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and Mark Rush.

“The New York Times” has hailed Woods as both a “showstopping” performer and a “deft and sensitive accompanist.” He has performed with various ensembles such as the Helicon Symposium, New York Baroque Incorporated (NYBI), Woodsmusik Ensemble and BYU’s own Deseret String Quartet.

In his current position, Woods teaches violin — including violin literature and pedagogy — and chamber music. He is the founder and director of the BYU Baroque Ensemble, which provides students with the opportunity to perform in an early music chamber orchestra on original instruments created by the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City.

Woods will discuss the importance of trusting your voice and medium through personal revelation.

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