Martha Stoddard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Humboldt State University and her Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University, where she studied flute, conducting, and composition. A recipient of the ASCAPLUS Award in 2009 and 2010, her music has been performed for the San Francisco Chapter of the American Composer’s Forum, by Avenue Winds, ChamberMix and Carla Rees at the San Francisco Chamber Wind Festivals, and in London, UK by Carla Rees and Lisa Bost, by the San Francisco Choral Artists, San Francisco Composers’ Chamber Orchestra, schwungvoll!, the Oakland Civic Orchestra, the Community Women’s Orchestra, Womensing, on the New Directions Series of the Bakersfield Symphony, in the Trinity Chamber Concert Series and the New Music Forum Festival of Contemporary Music. Upcoming commissions include a trio for the Sierra Ensemble and a new work for the Harbor Bay String Quartet. Recently commissioned works include an orchestral piece for the Community Women’s Orchestra (Oakland) and a piano trio for her ensemble, ChamberMix.
Ms Stoddard is the Director of Instrumental Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, a position she has held since 1991. She is also the Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Composers’ Chamber Orchestra and director of ChamberMix. Ms. Stoddard is a tireless advocate for new music, supporting the creative work of both emerging and established contemporary composers. She has conducted premieres of several new chamber operas in San Francisco and Berkeley, including Dieci Giorni, a collaborative work for which she also composed. She served at Crowden as the conductor for the Summer Orchestration Workshop orchestra for two seasons. ChamberMix appeared as a resident ensemble. She is a featured performer on alto flute for John Bilotta’s Shadow Tree on Capstone Records and in John Thow’s Cantico, and as conductor on Janis Mercer’s Voices (Centaur Records CEN 295).
ChamberMix is featured on Beauport Classical 2008, New Music for Concert.