(ST. LOUIS – November 10, 2016) - St. Louis Symphony Clarinetist Tina Ward is the newest recipient of the Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair. The chair is granted every five years to a tenured member of the orchestra who demonstrates excellence in artistry and leadership in the orchestra and the community. The honor includes a one-time stipend to support professional development.

“I am deeply touched to receive this honor,” Ward said. “Selecting someone such as myself, who like most in the orchestra plays a supporting role, acknowledges the talents and contributions of all the members of the symphony.” The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair was established in 2010 with a $1 million endowment gift from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation.

Ward, who will retire at the end of this season, has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony since 1970. “I am thrilled at this selection,” said Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Trustee Mabel Purkerson. “This recognizes her talents as musician and impact in the community.” STL Symphony Associate Concertmaster Heidi Harris was the first recipient of the chair back in 2011.

In addition to her musical talents, Ward is an award-winning writer. She plans to use the stipend to co-author a book about the science behind reeds and the musical applications for woodwinds. She also plans to write the inspirational story of her Golden Retriever’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

During a storied career, Ward spent several summers serving as the principal clarinet in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She has been an active chamber music performer, including appearances on “From the Garden—Live!”, the Taos Music Festival, and throughout the community in STL Symphony Education and Community Partnership presentations.  

As a teacher, Ward has had numerous private students and served as adjunct clarinet faculty at Webster University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Washington University and a guest lecturer at Indiana University. She has also been a coach for the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra, in addition to judging and coaching youth ensembles for the Community Music School of Webster University. Ward has a master’s degree in music history from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and music education from Oberlin College Conservatory.