Elizabeth Ward, conductor/horn, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale School of Music. Ms. Ward is a former member of the New Haven Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Pennsylvania Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera Orchestra, and Young Audiences Inc., of Philadelphia. Returning to the Northwest, Ms. Ward founded the Evergreen Brass Quintet. The Quintet is well known for its educational programs and was a part of the Washington State Arts Commission’s “Arts In Education” and Arts Network of Washington “Rural Residency” programs.
As a private instructor, Ms. Ward’s horn students have consistently received awards on the state level through the Washington State Music Educators’ Association, and on the national level from the Music Teachers’ National Association. Ms. Ward studied choral conducting with Dr. Elaine Brown, founder of “Singing City” Philadelphia, and orchestral conducting with Gustav Meier at the Yale School of Music.
At TYSA, Ms. Ward has conducted the Evergreen Music Festival Session I orchestra, the Symphonic Winds, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Brass Choir, and the Chamber Winds. She is currently Assistant Conductor of the Tacoma Youth Symphony and has also appeared as guest conductor of the Tacoma Young Artist Orchestra.