The Ward Method is a comprehensive, choral music education method that includes proper vocal technique, intonation, rhythm, sight singing, music theory, music history, composition, improvisation, and conducting. This method was founded by Justine Bayard Ward (1879-1975) and includes works by the great composers of Western history, folk selections, international selections, newly composed pieces, and music literature from church history. Minimum of two performances each semester – one religious (optional) and one concert setting. *Accredited with the International Centre for Ward Method Studies in Washington, DC.
Ward Centre of Richmond – Fund Fatima 2017
All donations to help the Ward Schola make their way to perform in Fatima, Portugal are tax deductible!
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The St. Gregory Choir is based on Ward Book I That All May Sing, and is open to children who are mature 4 year olds through mid-elementary school.
The Schola is based on Ward Book II Look and Listen, and is open to children in mid-elementary through early high school, with the prerequisite of having completed Ward I or with the permission of the Director. Schola was a featured ensemble demonstrating the Ward Method this summer at the 2016 SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM in Saint Louis.
HERE IS A SAMPLE of a Ward Schola class from June 2016.
For descriptions of what is covered in the above ensembles please visit the links at the bottom of this page.
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Colleen Crafton is the Director of the Ward Centre of Richmond, VA. As an organist, pianist, and choral director, Mrs. Crafton has served church programs in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and New York. Most recently she served as the Interim Director of Music and Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA. As a trombonist, she has performed with The Syracuse Symphony, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and The United States Army Field Band. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and The Army Field Band. She has taught music at Ithaca College, Colgate University, Hamilton College, as well as public and private schools in Maryland, New York, and Virginia. In summer, 2016, Mrs. Crafton will be on the Church Music Association of America Colloquium faculty. Mrs. Crafton holds music degrees from The Catholic University of America (BM) and The Eastman School of Music (MM), with post-graduate accreditation in the Ward Method Level I, Ward Method Level II, and Gregorian Chant Practicum I at The Catholic University of America. She is the co-author of “A Brief History of the Ward Method and the Importance of Revitalizing Gregorian Chant and the Ward Method in the Music Classrooms of Parochial Schools,” found in the Winter, 2015 edition of the Sacred Music Journal. Mrs. Crafton also assists her musical husband, Don, with his business, SightReadingFactory.com, and enjoys spending time with both him and their five children.
Ward Method and the Ward Centre of Richmond
- Ward Method Fundamentals
- National Standards for Music Education and the Ward Method
- History of the Ward Centre of Richmond
- International Centre for Ward Method Studies
- Upcoming Performances
- About the Director