Tony Woodcock’s back

Tony Woodcock’s back


norman lebrecht

August 07, 2019

The faltering ex-head of Boston’s New England Conservatory has been named Interim Dean of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Woodcock, who managed the Liverpool and Bournemouth orchestras in England, went on to head the Oregon Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, leaving the latter when it was heading for the rocks. His term at NEA, ending in 2015, was marred by personal conflicts. He then announced a return to the UK, where no jobs awaited.



  • Simon says:

    This guy is a study in how to fail up.

  • Bostonian says:

    The next NEC President should be Donald Weilerstein. Imagine the memorable commencement speeches he’d give. I’d pay a ticket to see that!

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    NEC, NEA is something else.

  • Stereo says:

    The BSO nearly went under thanks to him. Why any organisation would touch him is a mystery.

    • Simon says:

      I’m convinced that the metric for success for many of these “arts” administrators is actually failure.

  • John Porter says:

    Folks should know the facts: NEC did quite well under Woodcock. Fundraising was strong, programs, faculty hires. His issue was that he spoke out as if he was an independent entity instead of a conservatory president who cannot say anything he wants on a public blog.

  • Robert Groen says:

    Oh, THAT Tony Woodcock!