Kristin Ward joined the faculty of Abilene Christian University in the fall of 2006, where she serves as instructor of clarinet and teaches courses in the areas of jazz voice, music education, music theory, music appreciation, and aural skills. She holds a master's degree in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, and has a bachelor's degree in music education from Abilene Christian University. Prior to her arrival at ACU, she taught clarinet, jazz voice, music theory and appreciation, and music education classes at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and also taught at Eastern Oregon University and Alma College.
As a clarinetist, she has performed with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed with orchestras throughout Michigan and Oregon, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, West Shore, Midland, and La Grande. Currently, she is a member of the Key City Winds, and has appeared as a soloist at ACU with the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Faculty Chamber Players. Previous solo engagements include the Hope College Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony, the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Concert Band, and the Grande Ronde Symphonic Band.
Also an accomplished jazz vocalist, Kristin performed in the 1997 Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival and was a participant in the International Association of Jazz Educators pilot program "Sisters in Jazz." She has been published in the Clarinet Journal and in the Jazz Educators Journal, and taught in the summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has also been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 2001. She is married to Dr. Steven Ward, Director of Bands & Orchestra at ACU, and they have two children.
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