Soprano Margaret Woods is quickly becoming one of the most sought after singers, voice teachers, and clinicians in the Richmond area. Her diverse career includes concert work, opera, church music, and teaching. Margaret serves as adjunct music faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, teaching voice lessons and voice methods.
Margaret is a passionate performer of contemporary art song, hailed for her musical and dramatic interpretations. In the 2018-19 season, Margaret was presented by the Gellman Room Series, performing a lecture recital of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan. She also traveled to Los Angeles to participate in SongFest as a Colburn Foundation Fellow, where she worked with renowned coaches, composers, and teachers including Graham Johnson, Susan Graham, Margo Garrett, Libby Larsen, Lydia Brown, Nikolay Verevkin, and Javier Arrebola. Additional appearances include soprano soloist for the Garden State Philharmonic (Messiah and More) and the Virginia Masterworks Chorale, the Richmond Mozart Festival, the International Heitor Villa-Lobos Festival, the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Westminster Choir College’s Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival, and Schubert’s Mass in G with Reveille United Methodist Church.
Margaret has a variety of operatic credits to her name, such as Blanche ( Dialogues des Carmélites), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and other various roles performed through young artist and training programs such as Classic Lyric Arts: La Lingua Della Musica, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia, Crittenden Opera Workshop, and the American Singers’ Opera Project.
Margaret values the transformative power of music across all ages and abilities. She is an active member of VA NATS and is passionate about voice science and pedagogy, recently completing courses in YogaVoice and at the Voice Pedagogy Institute at Westminster Choir College. Additionally, she is an experienced collaborative pianist with years of teaching and accompanying experience. In addition to her roles at VCU and UR, Margaret serves as the elementary choral director and director of voice pedagogy for City Singers Youth Choirs, and as Music Assistant at First Presbyterian Church Richmond. In July 2019, Margaret joined Berkshire Choral International as soprano faculty. She holds degrees from Lebanon Valley College in Music Education (B.S.) and Music (B.A.) and an M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.