1. Faculty

Robert Ward


"Ward, meanwhile, gave what may be the finest performance I've ever heard from him — stately and insinuating in the Prologue and Epilogue, urgent in the Tennyson song, casually nimble in the Jonson, and impeccably tuned throughout. The horn can be a recalcitrant, unpredictable beast, and on Thursday, Ward was its genial master." —San Francisco Chronicle


  • Private Lessons
  • Horn Class
  • Chamber Music


  • BM, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music


  • San Francisco Symphony, Principal, 1980–Present


  • Principal, San Francisco Symphony

What is your hometown?

Schenectady, NY

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Genealogy and creative writing.

Who were your major teachers?

Robert Fries and Dale Clevenger.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“You must have high standards and a short memory.”

What was a turning point in your career?

Tanglewood, 1977.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?


What is your daily practice routine?

Depends on what's in my folder.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Paris, early twentieth century.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Darby Hinshaw, Caitlyn Smith, and Alex Rosenfeld.

What recordings can we hear you on?

The Mahler Project, SFS Media