Chris Woods

Dr. Chris Woods

Emeritus Professor of Music

Year Started at GU: 1994
Phone: 618-664-6568
Email: [email protected]
Areas of Responsibility:

Music theory, composition, studio lessons for low brass instruments

Chris Woods, Emeritus Professor of Music, came to GU in 1994 having taught theory /composition/brass previously in PA, CA, and TX.  Dr. Woods taught full time in the music department at GU from 1994-2016, and is now serving in an adjunct capacity, teaching theory and aural skills, composition, and applied brass lessons.  He is active as brass arranger published in US and Germany, having toured with EuroBrass for 20 years.  He holds a DMA from the University of North Texas; MM from California State University, Fullerton and a MCM from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.


About Chris Woods

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville University?

There is nothing more satisfying than the "Ah-ha!" moment of teaching. Whether it's the result of a lecture or tutoring or a casual conversation, when a connection and understanding blossoms, it makes my day!

What attracted you to the Music Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I was raised in a musical family - everybody played some kind of instrument. A performance degree in college seemed to be my "stepping stone" to a playing career in an orchestra. While in college I discovered other aspects of music beyond playing the bass trombone. Music theory interested me more and more as did the application of theory to arranging and composing.

I continue to perform, write and conduct throughout the year. Since 1992 I've traveled to Germany during the summer to co-lead and play in the brass ensemble "eurobrass - music that goes beyond". Also during the summer I direct the Greenville Municipal Band. During the school year, I'm the bass trombonist with the St. Louis Wind Symphony. Occasionally I'm commissioned to compose music for a "Posaunenchor" - a German brass choir.


MUTH 100 Music Fundamentals
MUTH 103 Theory 1
MUTH 103E Sight-singing / ear training 1
MUTH 203 Theory 3
MUTH 203E Sight-singing / ear training 3
Composition lessons

Publications and Presentations

Concert tour with eurobrass - brass ensemble in Germany, summer 2014

Professional Affiliations

College Music Society
International Trombone Association

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