SFC Marlisa del Cid Woods began studying the violin at age four through the Suzuki method. Born in Honduras, she was raised in the DC Area and continued her musical training during high school through the National Symphony Youth Fellowship Program. She joined Pershing’s Own in 2000 upon completion of her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Woods is currently the Stroll Leader and Assistant Producer of the U.S. Army Strolling Strings, leading performances for National and International heads of state and our nation’s top military leadership. Prior to her appointment as Stroll Leader, Woods served as Concertmaster of the U.S. Army Orchestra and can be seen performing as soloist on the U.S. Army Band’s YouTube channel. She also performs bluegrass, folk and country fiddle with the U.S. Army Band’s “Country Roads”, which has delighted audiences of over 1.2 million in live performances and on YouTube. Woods has performed with some of the world’s finest ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony, with whom she recently performed the Barber Violin Concerto as soloist with guest conductor Emil de Cou.
On baroque violin, Woods has performed with the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, Opera Lafayette, Harmonious Blacksmith, and has performed as soloist and concertmaster with Washington Bach Consort. Woods can be heard on the Eclectra, Lyrichord, and Dorian labels