Keith Ward, Director of School of Music, Professor of Music

Keith Ward

In the field of academic leadership Keith Ward has been active as a writer, reviewer, panelist, workshop facilitator, accreditation evaluator, and, from 2012 through 2014, a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.  As a pianist he has appeared in concerts on artist series, college campuses, and radio.  Currently he is a member of Trio Seraphin along with Jennifer Nelson, clarinet, and Christina Kowalski, soprano. In essays, reviews, critical editions, presentations, and his book, For the Parlor & the Concert Stage, his scholarship has focused on Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, American piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and musical responses to the AIDS pandemic. In 2014 he was named a Distinguished Professor.

"The School of Music at Puget Sound is a very special place.  It succeeds in wedding pre-professional programs in music with the breadth of a liberal arts education.  Its impressive and accomplished faculty members, many of them leaders in their respective fields, serve as outstanding mentors and model teachers.  There also is a positive, supportive air about this school. It is a place where collaboration lies at the heart of its work." 

Keith Ward

Director, School of Music
Professor of Music


Music Business
Music Literature


Leadership Studies
American piano music from the nineteenth century
Music by Charles Ives and Arnold Schoenberg
Musical Responses to HIV/AIDS


Bachelor of Music, West Chester University
Master of Music, Piano Performance/Pedagogy, Northwestern University
Doctor of Music, Piano Performance, Northwestern University