Gilbert Woody attended California State University in Sacramento on a composition scholarship. He obtained his Masters Degree in Performance from California State University, Sacramento, under the tutelage of Norman J. Hunt, a recent graduate of the Paris Conservatory of Music. |
After graduation, Gil was trombonist for the Sacramento Symphony and performed with the Paul Weston Orchestra, the State Fair Orchestra, Sacramento Music Circus and various other venues. He also taught Music History at Sacramento City College until his retirement.
Since retirement, Gil has written three symphonies, a Cello Concerto, a Fantasy for Flute and Harp with String Quartet, and a Children’s Suite. More recently, he has concentrated on compositions for the trombone, which include a Concerto for Bass Trombone, Concerto for Tenor Trombone, and a Concerto for Tenor Trombone with Woodwinds. He also has written several short pieces for solo trombone and piano.
The Cello Concerto was performed by Steve Millington Strings in Sacramento in 2012 and by Susan Lamb Cook, Artist Affiliate in Cello and Chamber Music at UC Davis, in 2014. The Concerto for Trombone was performed at the Festival of New American Music by Joel Elias, principal trombonist of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra; by Dr. Eric Starr, featured soloist with the San Diego State University Wind Symphony in 2015; and by Lauren Eisenreich, Masters Candidate at the Eastman School of Music in 2016.
Several of Gil’s compositions may be heard on YouTube. Just key in “Gilbert Woody.”