David Ward-Steinman Biographical Material

Adjunct Professor of Music
Indiana University - Bloomington

1159 E. Winners Circle
Bloomington, IN 47401
phone (Indiana): (812) 824-3505

Office Hours: by Appointment
Email: dwardste@mail.sdsu.edu


D.M.A. - University of Illinois
M.M. - University of Illinois
B.M. - Florida State University

For detailed biographical and production information:
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Have you seen the new edition of Neil Butterworth's Dictionary of American Classical Composers? Dr. Ward-Steinman is in it again, with more substantial coverage than ever before.

Other biographical references:
Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music (ed. Randel)
Anderson, Contemporary American Composers
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed.
Dictionary of International Biography
Ewen, American Composers--A Biographical Dictionary
International Who's Who in Music
International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement
Jacobiy, Contemporary American Composers Based at American Colleges and Universities
Men of Achievement
New Grove Dictionary of Music
New Grove Dictionary of American Music
Machlis, Introduction to Contemporary Music
Pavlakis, American Music Handbook
Vinton, Dictionary of Contemporary Music
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Music: Classical
Who's Who in Entertainment

Dr. David Ward-Steinman was the subject of three articles in May, 2001...

"'MILLENNIUM DANCES'...dances to a multicultural beat" by Valerie Scher, classical music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune/May 24, 2001

"Millennial Dances" is a milestone for the composer who has taught on and off at San Diego State University since 1961. Though a variety of his works have been performed by the orchestra, this is the first one Ward-Steinman has written specifically for the ensemble. Call it "An American in Ireland, Bali, and Aftrica." Ward-Steinman is making a two-piano version of the Irish movement that he and Patrice Madura will premiere in July during a college conference in Limerick, Ireland.

"Symphony's finale hits all the right notes" by Valerie Scher, San Diego Union-Tribune/currents/May 28, 2001

The program featured the pleasing world premiere of San Diego composer David Ward-Steinman's "Millennium Dances," commissioned by the symphony and involving six percussionists playing an exotic array of instruments from African drums to the Irish bodhran.
"Music from a San Diego treasure will conclude Symphony season" by Eileen Wingard in San Diego Jewish Press Heritage/May 25, 2001

Intermingling jazz elements and themes from western music in the three dances, "Millennium Dances" symbolizes America's assimilation of musical traditions from around the world. His works have been performed or recorded by the Chicago Symhony, the Japan Philharmonic, the London Sinfonia, the Moravian Philharmonic, the New Orleans Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony. He has also been a featured composer and lecturer at more than 75 campuses here and abroad.

More detailed information:

David Ward-Steinman, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Indiana University-Bloominton and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, and former Composer-in-Residence at San Diego State University where he directed the Comprehensive Musicianship Program, New Music Ensembles, and taught composition. He has received many national and state awards for his compositions and teaching, including the Bearns Prize from Columbia University; four BMI-SCA awards; first prizes in the Phi Mu Alpha, SAI, and National Federation of Music Clubs composition contests; the Dohnanyi Citation and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year awards from Florida State University; the Outstanding Professor Award from the Trustees of the Calif. State Universities and Colleges; and was a White House reception honoree in 1966. In 1970-72 he was the Ford Foundation composer-in-residence for the Tampa Bay area of Florida, in 1986 composer-in-residence at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, and in 1986-87 he was appointed University Research Lecturer at San Diego State University.

Commissions include those from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, San Diego Ballet, California Ballet, MTNA, National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors, American Harp Society (San Diego chapter), and the San Diego Symphony, which commissioned works for both the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons that were premiered under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak. Other orchestral works have been performed by the Japan Philharmonic, New Orleans Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra USA, Seattle Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, etc.

Ward-Steinman has been a featured guest composer and lecturer at over 75 campuses here and abroad, with performances in all the major cities of the USA and over a dozen countries abroad, on every continent except Africa. He is the author of Toward a Comparative Structural Theory of the Arts and over fifty published compositions and co-author of the two-volume Comparative Anthology of Musical Forms.

Ward-Steinman holds degrees from Florida State University (BM cum laude), the University of Illinois (MM and DMA), and was awarded the Kinley Memorial Fellowship from UI for foreign study. He has also been a post-doctoral Fellow at Princeton, a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Australia and New Zealand and a composer at IRCAM in Paris. His teachers included his mother, Daisy Ward-Steinman, John Boda (FSU), Burrill Phillips (UI), Darius Milhaud (Aspen), Milton Babbitt and Aaron Copland (Tanglewood), Nadia Boulanger (Paris), and Edward Kilenyi (piano, FSU).

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