Dr. Kristilyn Woods is an active performer and educator in the Valley. She holds a faculty position with Grand Canyon University and maintains a thriving private lesson studio.
In addition to performing in classical music settings, Kristilyn is a founding member of the gypsy rock band Dry River Yacht Club.
In March of 2015, Kristilyn was voted “Best Horn Player” by Modern Times Magazine. She has performed as a featured soloist with the Scottsdale Philharmonic and The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra. Her current chamber music projects include woodwind quintets and trios
Kristilyn has participated in several Arizona Republic Storytellers events, in which speakers prepare a first-person story and share their experiences with a live audience. Other past experiences include performing regularly with the free improvisation collective Nameless Sound and DJing on the college radio station KTRU Houston.
Kristilyn earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in bassoon performance from The Ohio State University. Her doctoral thesis, The Bassoon in Mexico, was published by Lambert Academic Publishing. She received a master’s degree in music from Arizona State University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Houston.