Carol Kozak Ward

Founder, Music Director

Colorado Hebrew Chorale

For more than forty years, Carol Kozak Ward has been active as an educator, performer, conductor and specialist in the Hebrew choral repertoire. In addition to her work with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, she recently appeared as guest conductor with Denver’s professional ensemble, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (Feb., 2022) and their program on Jewish Sacred Music. In the past decade, she has regularly led workshops on Jewish choral liturgical music for the Colorado chapter of ACDA, the American Choral Directors Association, chaired “The 4-H Club: Holocaust, Hanukkah, and High Holidays” at the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, and offered “Jewish Music 101” for the national conference of the Universalist-Unitarian Music Ministers.

Over her career as a music educator, Ms. Ward has taught at a variety of schools, be they public, private, parochial, home schools and universities, in Connecticut, New York, Colorado, and Israel. Also an advocate of contemporary choral works, Ms. Ward regularly features new compositions and arrangements in her programs, and has commissioned composers such as Gerald Cohen, Martin Bresnick, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis.

Ms. Ward holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Yale University School of Music, with earlier work at the Aspen Choral Institute. She has performed in choruses under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Shaw, and has also participated in master classes with Howard Swan and Dale Warland. Ms. Ward earned an M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. Originally from Connecticut, Ms. Ward and her family lived in Haifa, Israel for six years before relocating to Colorado.