About Dylan Ward
Get to know Dylan Ward
Dylan Ward is a saxophonist who specializes in classical, contemporary, and improvised music. He has appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, Raleigh Symphony, and Jackson Heights Orchestra, and as a chamber musician in venues including Lincoln Center, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Constellation Chicago, and Mesa Arts Center. He regularly presents recitals at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.
Ward is a recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, an organization dedicated to developing skills of imagination, creativity, and innovation through experiential learning and the arts. He has presented masterclasses and clinics in public schools and universities throughout Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. Ward has been honored as an Artist Fellow at the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, 2018 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, and 2019-2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency.
Ward regularly performs with Dionysus, a modern re-invention of the traditional piano trio comprised of pianist Juliana Witt and saxophonist Ali Wright. Dionysus has toured across the United States and abroad, performing at Lincoln Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, in addition to several colleges and universities. In January 2021, Dionysus released their first recording, Hocket, which features music by American composers Augusta Read Thomas, Meredith Monk, Kirsten Broberg, Philip Glass, David Biedenbender, and Marc Mellits.
Ward his a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant to Zach Shemon. Ward has received degrees from Michigan State University, where he served as a graduate assistant to Joseph Lulloff, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Taimur Sullivan and was a recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Award, the school’s most prestigious scholarship.
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