Music | Philosophy
Mr. Wood is a Philadelphia-area native, raised in Wayne. He graduated from McGill University in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and Western Religions and a minor in English Literature.
Music has been a major part of Mr. Wood’s life since he was in kindergarten, when he saw a first-grade girl play the violin and was star-struck. He asked his mom for a violin the same day. He went on to study violin at Temple Music Prep for 10 years, and in high school, was a member of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia, and in 2007, of the Pennsylvania All-State Orchestra. He also studied jazz and classical guitar with Pete Smyser.
Mr. Wood sought out and received a well-rounded liberal arts education at McGill, which has proved immensely useful and for which he is very grateful. He remained active in music while there, performing in a bluegrass band, a rock band, and a choir.
He has spent the last four years working as a piano, voice, guitar, and violin instructor at the Meridee Winters School of Music, an in-home music-lesson company that emphasizes student creativity. He supervised many student-composed pieces to performance, and guided students in their instrumental studies.
Mr. Wood was the parish music director at St. Agatha-St. James Parish in University City from 2017 - 2019. He is a Master's candidate in music history and literature at West Chester University. He is currently completing his thesis on the reception of the music of Johannes Brahms..