Catherine Wood, clarinet

Canadian-born clarinetist Catherine Wood has performed and taught throughout Canada, the United States and France. Dr. Wood recently returned home to Canada to join the faculty at Brandon University. She has also served on faculty at Appalachian State University and the Flint Institute of Music. During her residencies at the Limonest Conservatoire in France, Wood had the honour of performing in some of country’s beautiful historical monuments; among these were the Grand Salon of the exquisite Lyon Town Hall and Lyon’s oldest church, the 12th century St. Martin d’Ainay.


Wood has been a guest artist and lecturer at many festivals including the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and the MSU Clarinet Spectacular. An enthusiast of contemporary music, Catherine Wood has premiered several new works and has performed at various festivals which celebrate new music: the University of Toronto New Music Festival, the Michigan State University Contemporary Clarinet Festivals, the MSU Avant-Garde Clarinet Festival, and the Brandon University New Music Festival.


She has won numerous awards including the St. Cecilia Scholarship Competition in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and Second Place in the National Finals of the 2004 Canadian Music Competition. Dr. Wood is an active scholar and advocate of Canadian music. In 2007 she was a finalist in the International Clarinet Association Research Competition and presented “A Clarinettist’s Guide to Canadian Music: Resources for Performers and Educators” at ClarinetFest inVancouver.


Catherine Wood earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University. Her teachers have included Caroline Hartig, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Etheridge, Naoum Gomon, Charles Neidich, Colin Lawson, Peter Jenkin and Theodore Oien.