Margaret Taylor Woods is an American Soprano based in Richmond, VA, establishing a diverse career of concert work, opera, and teaching.
In the 2019/2020 season, Margaret sang for Penn Square Music Festival’s virtual production, Jingle All the Cabaret, in Lancaster, PA. In her hometown of Richmond, Margaret performed a faculty recital of contemporary American song with pianist Daniel Stipe in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Additional appearances include soprano soloist for the Garden State Philharmonic's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria with Virginia Masterworks Chorale, Richmond Mozart Festival, the International Heitor Villa-Lobos Festival singing Floresta do Amazonas, Classical Revolution RVA , First Presbyterian Church Lancaster and Schubert’s Mass in G with Reveille United Methodist Church and orchestra. She traveled to Los Angeles to participate in SongFest as a Colburn Foundation Fellow, where she worked with renowned coaches, composers, and teachers such as Libby Larsen, Graham Johnson, Amy Burton and Jake Heggie. She was a featured performer on the New Voices in Song recital, singing John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan with pianist Nikolay Verevkin. Additional performances were to include a recital with JJ Penna at University of Richmond as well as an appearance with Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA, as soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, but both were postponed due to COVID19.
A devoted song recitalist, Margaret was chosen to participate in the New York City NATS World Voice Day Masterclass, featuring guest clinicians Tom Cipullo, Roy Jennings, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Richard Pearson Thomas. She was selected twice to sing in Westminster Choir College’s Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival featuring German Lieder (2018) and American Song (2017). She was the soprano soloist for John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Garden State Philharmonic and for Bach’s Magnificat in D for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Newtown, PA. Margaret has a variety of operatic credits to her name, such as Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Westminster Opera Theater, Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Jeunesses Musicales in Grožnjan, Croatia, Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) with American Singer's Opera Project, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and other various roles performed through young artist and training programs such as Classic Lyric Arts: La Lingua Della, Crittenden Opera Workshop, and Capitol Opera of Richmond.
Margaret values the transformative power of music across all ages and abilities. In addition to her singing career, Margaret is passionate about teaching voice and vocal pedagogy. She serves as adjunct music faculty at University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University teaching voice lessons and class voice. She has served as faculty for Berkshire Choral International and has been a guest lecturer at Peabody Conservatory and her alma mater, Lebanon Valley College. She runs a private voice studio (Margaret Woods Soprano LLC) and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voice teachers and clinicians in the Richmond area. Margaret serves as the elementary choral director and director of voice pedagogy for City Singers Youth Choirs. Her students have won numerous competitions and have been accepted to some of the most prestigious music programs in the country. Margaret holds degrees from Lebanon Valley College in Music Education (B.S.) and Music (B.A.) and an M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.