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WOODROW BYNUM was born in Arkansas in 1975 and began pursuing his musical education at The Interlochen Arts Academy before graduating summa cum laude from The University of Michigan. Following a residency at The Detroit Opera House, Bynum moved to New York City and studied at The Juilliard School and sang in the choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. He studied voice with Lorna Haywood, Rita Shane and Beverley Peck Johnson, and his other musical influences include Robert Glasgow, Gerre Hancock and John Scott. As a professional singer, heappears regularly in concert with orchestras and choirs alike. He has been lauded by The New York Times for his “fine free baritone register” and The Dallas Morning News as “...a gorgeous oiled-walnut baritone, elegant diction and delivery.” Recent solo appearances include Messiah with Dallas Bach Society, and St. John Passion with Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. With Albany Pro Musica he was soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Durufle’s Requeim and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. He has also appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. as well as Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
He marked his debut with The Handel & Haydn Society at Boston Symphony Hall singing the bass solo in Dixit Dominus (Handel). In addition to his singing engagements, Bynum serves as Director of Music for The Cathedral of All Saints where he conducts The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, the oldest continuously performing ensemble of its kind in the US.