Frank Ward, Jr. is a versatile performer in recitals, opera and oratorios. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ward holds degrees from Morehouse College and The University of Michigan. Critics have praised Ward’s “careful attention to diction,” and his “great vocal agility and treatment of ornamentation.” Critics have also reveled in how his stage presence “…married showmanship with vocal technique to a great advantage.” Of one performance, Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.D. Snodgrass wrote, “Frank Ward truly knows how to present a song.” Mr. Ward is featured on the New World Records’ recording of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha in the role of Ned with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. The recording received critical acclaim by BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, The New Yorker and Scherzo, Spain’s premier classical music magazine. Of Mr. Ward’s performance in the role of ‘Tobia Mill’ in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio at the 2015 Kent/Blossom Music Festival, critic Mike Telin of clevelandclassical.com wrote “Bass-baritone Frank Ward Jr. . . . [was] masterful at portraying Mill . . .vocally commanding throughout.“ Daniel Hathaway of clevelandclassical.com noted his "strong dramatic and vocal presence" in a 2016 performance of the opera Little Women. Ward is an Associate Professor of Music at The University of Akron where he teaches applied voice and is Director of the Opera /Lyric Theatre.