Laura Ward is pianist and artistic director of Lyric Fest (www.lyricfest.org), a unique vocal recital series in Philadelphia. As a distinguished collaborative pianist she is known for both her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles. Concert engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Spoleto Festival and the Colmar International Music Festival. She has served as vocal coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts, the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College, the Ravinia Festival Stean’s Institute, Washington Opera, the University of Maryland and the Music Academy of the West. Ward is a recording artist and editor for Hal Leonard Music Publishing having recorded over 2000 song accompaniments. These recordings help countless singers and pianists experience, learn and enjoy the art song repertoire and also help introduce a world of art song to many who have had little exposure to classical song.