Dr. Steven Ward

Dr. Steven Ward serves as the Music Director/Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Abilene. He is also Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University, where he is Director of Orchestra and Bands, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, chamber music coach, and teaches courses in conducting. Beginning in 2019, he will be the Music Director/Conductor for the Abilene Youth Orchestra. Previous to his appointment at ACU, he was Director of Bands at Hope College in Holland, MI, and the Music Director/Conductor of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Ward holds a D.M.A. in Conducting from Michigan State University, a M.A. in Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a B.M. in Music Education from Abilene Christian University. Prior to his appointment at Hope College, Dr. Ward was the Music Director/Conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in La Grande, OR, and was Instructor of Music at Eastern Oregon University.


He has conducted extensively in many different areas including orchestra, band, musical theater, opera, and contemporary music, and is a recipient of the ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. He spent 9 summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp, conducting the Interlochen Philharmonic, as well as middle school and high school bands and orchestras, and faculty ensembles. He has conducted many all-region and similar ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, region orchestras and bands throughout Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, and others. He has served as conductor for the orchestra and faculty ensembles at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in since 2006.


Dr. Ward is President for the South-Central region of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Vice President for the Southwestern Region of the College Band Directors National Association, and is a member of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the American String Teachers Association.