A Cleveland conductor has died

The death has been announced of Carlton Woods, a well-liked conductor who lived in Cleveland.

At the time of his death he was artistic director of Blue Water Chamber Orchestra.

Before that, he was director of orchestral studies at Central Michigan University and music director of the North Arkansas Symphony.

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  • Fortunate to have performed with Maestro Woods when I participated in his Arkansas Music Festival Orchestra many years ago. Wonderful conductor and educator – not many would be brave enough to take an amateur orchestra thru Mahler 7 with a week of rehearsal! RIP

  • Carlton was a truly lovely person and a very fine conductor. So sorry that he’s passed away but also grateful to have known him as a friend.

  • I enjoyed working with Carlton at CMU and the Midland Symphony, and seeing him over the years after I left town. He was always a dedicated and respectful musician. I am pretty sure that he was the first orchestral conductor I had after I switched from the euphonium. Condolences to his family.

  • Equally at home in front of professionals and school-age beginners, with a warm smile and ready laugh. He will be missed.

  • He was a valued colleague at CMU, and he could work effectively with professionals or beginners. He had a graceful spirit and a ready laugh. He will be missed.

  • I see no reference in Maestro’s own biography that he was a “well liked conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra,” as stated in the lead article here. Perhaps what is meant is the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, which I believe he founded. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • I see no reference in Maestro’s own biography that he was a “well liked conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra,” as stated in the lead article here. Perhaps what is meant is the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, which I believe he founded. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • I’m very sorry to hear this news. Dr. Woods was a friend and mentor to me when I was a student at the U of AR in the 1980’s, and a member of the North AR Symphony, and later when I was teaching public school strings in AR. He was a wonderful person.

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