Benjamin Roidl-Ward

BassoonSchool of Music

Benjamin Roidl-Ward teaches bassoon in the School of Music. He 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 International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, and has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Lucerne, Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Banff Festivals.


  • Teaching experience at University of Northern Iowa, North Carolina Governor's School, Merit School of Music, Carthage College, Music Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University and more

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Recipient of International Double Reed Society Commissioning Grant, 2021
  • Recipient of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Program Grant, 2018, 2021
  • Recipient of International Double Reed Society Grant, 2020


D.M.A. Bassoon PerformanceNorthwestern University

M.M. Bassoon PerformanceRice University

B.M. Bassoon PerformanceOberlin College and Conservatory

B.A. German StudiesOberlin College and Conservatory