Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Rice University. Originally from Tacoma, WA, Mr. Roidl-Ward is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he performed on tour with the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble. His dedication to working with and advocating for composers of his generation has led to national tours with the string trio Chartreuse (www.ensemblechartreuse.com/) and the flute and bassoon duo Second Species (www.secondspecies.weebly.com), both presenting world premieres of new works featuring bassoon. Ben Roidl-Ward has performed in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project Series and as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings’ Young Ensemble-in-Residence with his reed trio, Third Rail. A recipient of the Phi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, a Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholarship, and a Conservatory Grant Supporting Imagination and Excellence (Oberlin Conservatory), he organizes the Shepherd School’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hear and Now, and is a founding member of the Houston-based new music collective Loop38 (www.loop38.org). He is an active teacher in the Young Children’s Division of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program in addition to maintaining a large private studio. Ben Roidl-Ward has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, along with several regional orchestras throughout the United States. He has performed with the Richmond Symphony, and has spent his summers with the Spoleto Festival USA, the Tanglewood Music Center and the National Repertory Orchestra. Currently a student of Ben Kamins, Ben Roidl-Ward previously studied with George Sakakeeny and Francine Peterson.