Jonathan Woody
Baritone
Jonathan Woody (he/him) is a versatile and dynamic musician who maintains an active schedule as a performer and composer in New York and across North America. In demand as a bass-baritone soloist, Jonathan makes regular appearances with such historically-informed orchestras as Boston Early Music Festival, Apollo's Fire, Pacific MusicWorks, Bach Collegium San Diego, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and New York Baroque Incorporated. In the 2021-2022 season, he served as Artistic Advisor for the Portland Baroque Orchestra, curating a program of 17th-century German music for voices and orchestra. As a committed chamber musician, Jonathan enjoys collaborating with ensembles at the highest level and is regularly featured as a member of the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, where he has earned praise as "charismatic" and "riveting" from the New York Times for his solo work. Other recent collaborations include performances with Kaleidoscope Ensemble, Les Délices, Seraphic Fire, Byron Schenkman and Friends, and TENET Vocal Artists.

Jonathan is also immersed in the world of new music, as a performer and composer. His compositional voice blends 17th- and 18th-century inspiration with the minimalism and socially-conscious subject matter of today's music. Since 2020, he has received commissions from Apollo’s Fire, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington DC, among others. Jonathan has participated in several premiere performances of leading composers' works, including Ted Hearne's The Source (2014), Ellen Reid's p r i s m (2019 Pulitzer-Prize winner), Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves (NYC premiere, 2018), and Du Yun's Angel's Bone (2017 Pulitzer-Prize winner).

A former Virginia Best Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival (2013), other festival appearances include Staunton Music Festival, Portland Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, American Bach Soloists Academy, and the Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings, UK. On the operatic stage, Jonathan has joined Opera Lafayette, American Opera Projects, and Beth Morrison Projects for recent productions, and has recorded with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street under the Musica Omnia label on their Grammy® recording of Israel in Egypt. Other recording credits include ACRONYM’s Cantica Obsoleta (Olde Focus Recordings), Boston Early Music Festival’s St. Matthew Passion of J. Sebastiani (RadioBremen), New York Polyphony’s Roma Æterna (BIS Records), and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s Missa Gentis Humanae (Musica Omnia).

Jonathan is committed to racial equity in the field of the performing arts, and has served on Early Music America’s Task Force for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. Currently living on traditional Lenape lands now known as Brooklyn, NY, Jonathan holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Maryland, College Park and is represented by Miguel Rodriguez of Athlone Artists.