Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 13, 1917. He received his early musical training in Cleveland's public schools and graduated from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson. His graduate work was undertaken at the Juilliard School studying composition with Frederick Jacobi and conducting with Albert Stoessel and Edgar Schenkman. During that time he was also a student of Aaron Copland at the Berkshire Music Center. Before and after World War II, Ward served on the faculties of Queens College, Columbia University and the Juilliard School, later becoming music director of the Third Street Music School. In 1956 Ward became the Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of Galaxy Music Corporation and Highgate Press. In1967 he was named President of the North Carolina School of the Arts and in 1979 became Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music at Duke University.
Contents: Robert Ward, composer Jubilation Overture North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
Robert Ward, composer Sonic Structure North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
Robert Ward, composer Symphony No. 4 North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
Robert Ward, composer Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor, James Houlik, saxophone Review: "The Jubilation Overture... was noted at the time of its composition for its successful integration of jazz elements and popular dance rhythms.... The Symphony No. 4... is another attractive example of mainstream American symphonic writing of the tonal variety." (High Fidelity)