On Monday, March 2, the Academy for Lifelong Learning will welcome Hilary Dow Ward as its speaker at noon in Lower Cravens. Ward was previously scheduled to speak on July 6, but was kind enough to swap engagements with Ole Molvig, who was unexpectedly unavailable to make his appearance on Monday. He will be the July 6 speaker.
In Sewanee, Ward is a visiting assistant professor in the department of music and the School of Theology and managing director of Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Hilary’s talk is titled “Living the Off Season with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.” She will let us in on all of the time, talent and treasure needed to welcome hundreds of young musicians to Sewanee in the summer.
Originally from Kansas, Ward holds a B.M. in music performance from the University of Kansas; M.A. Religion with an emphasis in Christian Education and outreach, Memphis Theological Seminary; M.A.Ed. in education curriculum instruction, Union University and an Ed.D. in education administration, leadership and policy from University of Memphis.
Prior to coming to Sewanee, Ward maintained a private studio of more than 50 voice and piano students, and spent more than 12 years teaching in K-12 public, private, and charter schools in Kansas, Memphis, and New York City. She recognizes her largest classroom, however, through her time serving as an on-air classical music host for NPR, WKNO/WKNP. Ward has earned more than 200 credit hours of teaching artist training through Lincoln Center Education at The Juilliard School. In January 2020, she began an additional position with the nationally recognized organization, Project 440 in Philadelphia, an organization that teaches arts entrepreneurship skills and college readiness to music students in greater Philadelphia.
The Academy, as part of the Sewanee Seminar Series, meets from noon to 1 p.m. in Lower Cravens, 439 Kentucky Ave., on the Sewanee campus. The cost for a single session is $3; an annual membership is $20. Coffee, water and homemade cookies are available. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch. For questions, contact John Solomon at (931) 636-6810.