The
CalArts Alumni Magazine

“Bear” Thomas (Tom) Woodson ’77

“Bear” Thomas (Tom) Woodson ’77 writes, “I have been a composer of modern symphonic music for 50 years. I have a one-hour long symphony, dozens of unaccompanied and accompanied sonatas, and many other chamber works. There are fewer than 10 composers alive worldwide right now, who have written 10 concerti. I just finished my ninth this last July. You’d think with all this exceptional work, that CalArts would have promoted my music, but instead it has actively ignored me. Why? These days I’m in failing health and must go to dialysis three times a week since November 2018.”