Woody Pak

Position
Associate Professor
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Woody Pak creates music for film, commercials, metaverse, XR, pop music, musical theater, and concert performances. He draws from an array of influences and tells musical stories while combining different genres from rock, hip-hop, jazz, classical and a multitude of other inspirations. Pak received numerous accolades and awards that include the 2021 BMI Film Music Award, Waikiki; 2015 Korea Musical Awards Best Composer, The Devil (더 데빌); 2002 Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Composer, Black Picket Fence; 1998 Billboard no. 1 US Hot Dance Club Songs, “Found A Cure” by Ultra Naté; and 1997 UK Gold record sales for “Free,” also by Ultra Naté.

Pak received his B.S. from MIT and M.A. from the Juilliard School of Music and is currently receiving his PhD in Korean Traditional Music Composition at Hanyang University. He was professor of applied music at the Seoul Institute of the Arts from 2014–2022 and from fall 2022, excited to be joining the faculty of screen scoring at Berklee. He frequently travels between East and West coasts, and Asia for various projects.

Career Highlights
  • Studied guitar with Sharon Isbin at the Juilliard School and Korean Percussion with Bokman Kim (김복만)
  • Performed and recorded with Evan Ziporyn, Virgil Moorefield, Ultra Naté, Mark O'Connor, Kang Enil, and Hangum Plus
  • Composed two musicals (Making Tracks and The Wedding Banquet) with Tony Award/Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey
Awards
  • BMI Film Music Award - Waikiki (2021)
  • Korea Musical Awards Best Composer - The Devil (더 데빌) (2015)
  • Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Composer - Black Picket Fence (2002)
  • Billboard #1 US Hot Dance Club Songs for “Found A Cure” by Ultra Nate (cowriter/guitar) (1998)
  • UK Gold record sales for “Free” by Ultra Ultra Naté (guitar) (1997)
Education
  • M.A., classical guitar, the Juilliard School of Music - 1997
  • B.S., music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - 1992
In Their Own Words

I want students to walk away from my classes feeling ready for their professional careers and having a confident unique voice.

I compose in many different areas such as commercials, feature films, documentaries, musical theater, and the concert hall. All of these diverse mediums complement and inform each other. These experiences help me relate to the many different backgrounds and inclinations of the students that come to Berklee.