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Ann Ward has developed her musical skills in several music areas including the church, theater, jazz vocal piano and music education. Ann is an acclaimed composer, vocalist, pianist and an African percussionist. She began her music performance career as a concert pianist at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. After graduation from Kentucky State University with a degree in music composition Ann began performing with the Ken Chaney Experience. She has appeared in productions with Kuumba, ETA, Chocolate Chip, Steppenwolf, North Light and the Chicago Theater Company as pianist and music director. She continues to perform with the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble including Dee Alexander, Douglas Ewart, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Mwata Bowden, Ed Wilkerson and many noted musicians. Her love for teaching music extends to coordinating the Arts and Humanities Programs for the Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools. Ann has been the Minister of Music at Chatham Bethlehem Presbyterian Church for the past twenty years and she continues to volunteer as the Director of the AACM School of Music on the campus of Chicago State University. I attribute my experiences in music and the arts to the wonderful people who have shared their knowledge, time talent and support with me over the years. With God and my special Music Family I have been blessed to sustain my self as a viable performer, educator and artist.
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