Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Associate professor of music
Bio: Frank Ward, Jr. is a versatile performer in recitals, opera and oratorios. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ward holds degrees from Morehouse College and The University of Michigan. Critics have praised Ward’s “careful attention to diction,” and his “great vocal agility and treatment of ornamentation.” Critics have also reveled in how his stage presence “...married showmanship with vocal technique to a great advantage.” Of one performance, Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.D. Snodgrass wrote, “Frank Ward truly knows how to present a song.” Mr. Ward is featured on the New World Records’ recording of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha in the role of Ned with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. The recording has received critical acclaim by BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, The New Yorker and most recently, Scherzo (Jan. 2013), Spain’s premier classical music magazine. Ward is an Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Akron where he teaches applied voice and is director of the Opera /Lyric Theater.
Voice Type: Bass-Baritone
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program