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The bass John Taylor Ward was born in 1986 in North Carolina. He gave his first performances as a boy soloist before studying voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and completing his education with graduate studies in early music and art song at the Yale School of Music. John Taylor Ward has sung Manoah in Handel’s Samson under Nicholas McGegan at Lincoln Center in New York; he has also performed in Heinrich Schütz’ Fili mi, Absalon and in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Songs for a Mad King under the composer’s baton at Carnegie Hall. Peter Sellars directed him in Kaija Saariaho’s Passion de Simone and William Christie invited him to participate in his “Jardin des Voix.” John Taylor Ward has also worked with Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan, the Collegium Vocale Gent, and the ensembles L’Arpeggiata and Roomful of Teeth. He has appeared at the Ravinia Festival and at the Boston Early Music Festival.