Praised by Classical Voice of North Carolina as “brilliant…interacting with keen enthusiasm,” Dylan Ward is a Kansas City based saxophonist who specializes in contemporary music and interdisciplinary collaborations. Ward 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 such as Lincoln Center, Constellation Chicago, Mesa Arts Center, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, among others.
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 education and the arts. He has presented masterclasses and clinics in public schools and universities throughout Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and the United Kingdom. Ward has been honored as an Artist Fellow for the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab in Ojai, California, as well as the 2018 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. In 2019, Ward was granted a Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency as a member of Project C4, a contemporary music collective based in Kansas City.
Ward is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and studies with Zachary Shemon. Additionally, 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 honor.