Scott Woodard, D.M.A.
Scott E. Woodard was born in Huntington, WV and educated in the public schools of Cabell County. Dr. Woodard received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music Education from Marshall University and the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. As a teacher, Dr. Woodard’s career has spanned twenty-seven years. His teaching positions included Wirt County High School, Ceredo-Kenova High School, and Winfield High School. Dr. Woodard served as the Director of Bands at Winfield High School from 1990 – 2006. The Winfield HS Band under his direction performed in master class sessions with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and was the 2005 Honor Finalist Concert Band at the WV Music Educators Conference in Morgantown, WV. He is currently the Director of Bands, Chair of the Department of Music, and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV, where he serves as sponsor of NAfME Collegiate Chapter #442 and teaches conducting and secondary music methods courses. Dr. Woodard is the Cover Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Woodard’s bands have consistently been rated Superior at state, regional and national festivals of music, and his WVSU Jazz Ensemble performed by invitation in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, Austria in November of 2007. His study of conducting has taken him all over the world as a contestant in workshops and competitions. In 2005 and 2011, Dr. Woodard conducted orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society and the Mariinsky Theatre in concerts throughout the former Russian capitol. In 2006, he was named First Prize winner of the International Conductor’s Workshop Competition and served as Guest Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, GA. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Woodard was awarded the First Prize at the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in St. Petersburg and is now a full faculty member of the Academy. He is a member of the national Association for Music Education, the WV Bandmasters Association, The College Band Director’s National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and The Conductor’s Guild.
Dr. Woodard lives in Scott Depot, WV with his wife Nafi, who is a family practice physician, and their son, Gabriel.