William Wood has been a fixture in the Greater Southern California freelance world since 1984. He has appeared as a regular bassoonist with virtually every major ensemble in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony. In October, 2016 Mr. Wood was appointed to the position of third bassoon/solo contrabassoon with the LA Opera Orchestra, after 22 seasons working as a substitute musician with the orchestra. He is also a member of the New West Symphony, the Riverside Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia Orchestra.
Mr. Wood is an avid chamber music performer and has produced numerous concerts for private and public occasions since 1990. Since 2006 he has taught as a volunteer private teacher in middle schools of the Ventura School District and maintains a group of private students at his home studio.
A native Minnesotan, Mr. Wood is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A., Music, private studies with Benjamin Kamins and Charles Ullery) and the University of Southern California (1987 - private studies with Michael O'Donovan and weekly master classes with Norman Herzberg.) He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his husband, the Rev. Canon Mark Asman (Ret.).