Director, Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Gary Wood is Director of Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment programs and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. A Minnesota native, Wood has been active in arts education and administration for over 30 years. He has served as Executive Director of Da Camera of Houston, and Director of the Regina A. Quick Center of the Arts, Fairfield University. He recently took over as Executive Director of the Pentangle Arts Council (PAC) in Woodstock, Vermont. Wood holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, a B.S. in Music Education, and a M.M. in Woodwind Performance, with a focus on clarinet; and also attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His published work includes articles for Scholastic’s 2004 New Book of Knowledge, and several music activity booklets, including The Planets: An Out-of-this-world View of Classical Music, and Imagination: Music & Art. Wood is a frequent guest speaker, lecturer and clarinetist in schools, educational symposiums, and arts conferences.
Lecturer, Music Media & Industry
Chris Palmer is lecturer for Music Media & Industry at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Chris Palmer holds a B.B.A and an M.B.A. from Belmont University. He currently serves as the Managing Partner for the jazz/gospel a cappella group Take 6, overseeing their worldwide recording and touring affairs. Prior to his career in artist management, Chris worked with Warner Bros. Records for over 20 years. As Vice President of Progressive Mu-sic from 1990-2000, Chris was responsible for introducing and marketing artist such as Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Jeff Foxworthy. Later, as General Manager and Sr. VP of Marketing, he would oversee releases such as “Breathe” by Faith Hill and introduce new artists such as Blake Shelton, Trick Pony and Big & Rich. Palmer was the Director of Music Business at Murray State University before coming to Miami.