Angela Vanstory Ward is currently in her ninth season as principal vocal coach of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ward received her Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from Lenoir Rhyne College and a Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying and coaching from New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass.
Before returning to her native North Carolina, she spent over 20 years on the faculty of NEC as one of the musical assistants in the opera department under the direction of John Moriarty. Her position also included coaching graduate vocal majors as well as teaching the “diction for singers” class. She served as adjunct faculty at both The Boston Conservatory and Boston University. In recital, she collaborated with numerous singers at New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, Longy School of Music and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Summer festivals have included the famed Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, Mass., Central City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. During her last ten years in Boston, she was the audition and rehearsal accompanist for the world-renowned Handel and Haydn Society, working under such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood and Grant Llewellyn.
Ms. Ward also teaches vocal diction for undergraduates at UNCSA.