Woods takes on his new role of assistant professor of practice in string chamber music and cello


Seth Parker Woods © Grittani Creative

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music has appointed cellist Seth Parker Woods as the latest musician to join the faculty this month.

Woods told The Strad, ’I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the string department faculty at USC Thornton School of Music. Building on decades of excellence in pedagogy, performance, and expansive thinking, I’m excited to meet my current and incoming students and look to the future in developing great people and great artists.

’None of this is possible without the trailblazing leadership of Dr. Lina Bahn, chair of the strings department, and the camaraderie of my esteemed peers. Here’s to the present and future!’

USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta said, ’Dr. Seth Parker Woods is an exceptional musician and educator who has been celebrated for his creative thinking and innovation. We are thrilled to welcome him to our faculty.’

A cellist who explores a range of genres, Woods is the recipient of the 2022 Chamber Music America Michael Jaffee Visionary Award and has appeared with the Ictus Ensemble, Ensemble L’Arsenale, zone Experimental, Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble LPR, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Atlanta and Seattle symphonies.

A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, Woods has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, G. F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang and Peter Eötvos, to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey and Rachael Yamagata, as well as visual artists such as Ron Athey, Vanessa Beecroft, Jack Early, Adam Pendleton and Aldo Tambellini.

Woods’ 2021-22 season includes debuts at the Aspen Music Festival, the Britt Festival, 92nd Street Y, Harbourfront Theatre, Chamber Music Society of Virginia, Ojai Festival, Washington Performing Arts, the Strathmore, the Weisman Art Museum and Harvard University.

Upcoming performances will include concertos by Rebecca Saunders and Tyshawn Sorey. Woods recently performed chamber music with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Andreas Haefliger, including appearances at the Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Center.

His debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough (Confront Recordings-London) was released in November 2016.