Judy Woo

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Music and Art

EMAIL: jwoo@bmcc.cuny.edu


Office Hours: By appointment


Pianist, educator and arts administrator Judy Woo has a vision to broaden access to the arts. She is an advocate of interdisciplinary studies and partnerships to raise standards of excellence across diverse and complementary fields. Committed to advancing equity to all students of different socio-economical backgrounds, she has proven success as a recruiter, fundraiser and collaborator. She is a nationally recognized teacher of award-winning piano students.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, she has performed in venues including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver and at International House New York. She enjoys collaboration with other instrumentalists, and has performed as a member of a piano trio and as a duo with a clarinetist. In performance, she enjoys sharing unexpected pairings in programming with contemporary composers. A first place winner of the Canadian Music Competitions, her repertoire ranges from Corigliano, Louie and Bach to Schumann, Ligeti and Messiaen. As a recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Award, she received a full scholarship for study at the Mozarteum Summer Institute. As the recipient of the Women in Leadership Award from International House she was mentored by violinist Midori Goto, whom inspired her to create access to the arts for all populations. She is also a recipient of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant for her dissertation research in Germany.

She is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) and has taught at Concordia College Conservatory and The Geneva Conservatory of Music in Manhattan, while maintaining a thriving private studio in New York. She simultaneously served as Director of The Geneva Conservatory and was able to support the faculty and expand the program in her leadership role. An in-demand adjudicator and former national examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, she has given numerous workshops in the Tri-State area and has presented at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. She was also the former President of the Piano Teachers Congress in NYC, where she strengthened existing programs while working collaboratively with her colleagues.

She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria. She also holds Associateship degrees in Performance and Pedagogy from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and an Associateship in Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Introduction to Music, Theory


Doctorate of Musical Arts,  Piano Performance, The Graduate Center of City University of New York

Master of Music, Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, University of Victoria

Associateship in Performance and Pedagogy, Victoria Conservatory of Music/Camosun College

Associateship in Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Focal Dystonia in Pianists: The Role of Musical Insitutions. Ph.D diss., City University of New York, New York (2010).


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Women in Leadership Award (International House);  mentored by Midori Goto

Johann Strauss Foundation Award;  full scholarship study at Mozarteum Summer Institute

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service Award);  dissertation research in Germany

Canadian Music Competitions;  1st place Winner

Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts

Member of College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association and Piano Teachers Congress New York

Additional Information

In-demand adjudicator;  former national examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music