Composition Competition Winner 2018

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Haley Woodrow

Winning piece:
Winter Light

Haley Woodrow loves to partner with performers in crafting musical experiences that offer listeners an active role. Her music reflects a broad range of influences and genres, and combines styles as a primary objective.

Haley’s compositions have received awards from the National Band Association (for And it Begins), the Texas Music Educators Association (for And it Begins and March for Jazz) and the Noteflight Big Band Composition Contest (for Something Entirely Different). Alfred, Hal Leonard and MurphyMusicPress offer published versions of several of her compositions and she also actively self-publishes through her company, Woodrow Music. Haley has been commissioned by the Kenosha Community Foundation, the Texas Christian University Trombone Summit, the Walsh Middle School Trombone Choir, the Santo High School Marching Band and the Killian Middle School Saxophone Trio. Her concert works have received performances at such events as the Big XII Trombone Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI conference, the Mississippi University for Women Music by Women Festival, the Houston Underground Saxophone Competition and the Friends University Jazz Festival.

Haley served as the staff Orchestra Director and Arranger for Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, completing approximately 500 arrangements and establishing a home production studio in 2012. Haley began her musical journey as a trumpet player, and has performed professionally and taught many students privately for well over a decade.

Haley graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in jazz studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned her Master’s of Music in composition from Texas Christian University. She currently lives in Bedford, Texas with her husband Jonathan Woodrow and is an avid CrossFitter and contributing member of Gateway Church of Southlake.