Dr. Steven Ward
Dr. Steven Ward
Dr. Steven Ward, Professor of Music, is the Director of Bands and Orchestra, and teaches courses in conducting. Previous to his appointment at ACU, he was Director of Bands at Hope College in Holland, MI, and the Music Director/Conductor of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in Kalamazoo, MI. Prior to his appointment at Hope College he was the Music Director/Conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in La Grande, OR, and was Instructor of Music at Eastern Oregon University. Dr. Ward holds a D.M.A. in Conducting from Michigan State University, a M.A. in Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a B.M. in Music Education from Abilene Christian University.
He has conducted extensively in many different areas including orchestra, band, opera, musical theater, and contemporary music, and is a recipient of the ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music as Music Director of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra. He spent 10 summers conducting at the Interlochen Arts Camp, conducting the Interlochen Philharmonic, as well as middle school, high school and faculty ensembles. Presently he conducts the orchestra at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts in the summer, and is in high demand as guest conductor and clinician.
Dr. Ward is a member of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Conductor's Guild, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Directors Association.
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