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Minnesota's loss is New England's gain

Posted at 8:14 AM on February 4, 2007 by Valerie Kahler

Come June, Minnesota Orchestra CEO Anthony Woodcock will be mothballing his Vikings jersey in order to sport some new colors...Patriots’ red, white & blue. Woodcock, originally from Old England, is headed to New England to take over at the NE Conservatory.

He’s been with the Minnesota Orchestra since 2003, helping Osmo Vanska bring 14% more concertgoers into Orchestra Hall...and overseeing the transformation of Sommerfest from 2003’s red-inker (about -250K) into a profitable venture.

He said he views his work with orchestras as being at the cutting edge of the music industry (emphasis mine) but that his new job is about “going back to the excitement and the ideals of what music is all about. And dealing with all that wonderful potential of young people, it is something that's inspiring."

Even when he was an “Industry” man, he still had a heart for education & outreach. From an article in Playbill:

Woodcock's educational initiatives at the Minnesota Orchestra helped the orchestra win back-to-back ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Awards for Excellence in Educational Programming (2005 and 2006). With the Oregon Symphony, where he was president from 1998-2003, he oversaw the creation of a new education department and fostered educational programs and partnerships across the state.