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, 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. As a clarinetist, she has performed with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed throughout Michigan and Oregon, including the Grand Rapids, Lansing, West Shore, Midland, and Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the Hope College Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony; Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Concert Band; and with 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. 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 has also taught at Eastern Oregon University and Alma College. She also teaches early childhood music and is a licensed Kindermusik educator. She is married to Steven Ward, Director of Bands at ACU, and they have two children.
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