Flute, 2 Clarinets, Saxophone,Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone,  Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Percussion.

Durward is a chamber ensemble that promotes the diversity of contemporary music to a broad audience through performances of rarely performed works and commissioning new works by living composers. Committed to formal concert presentations and educational outreach programs, Durward engages audiences of all ages and artistic interests in experiences that celebrate creativity and develop a community-based commitment to new music.

Education: Part of Durward’s mission is to educate young musicians and potential composers about composition so there is not a disconnect between the composers of today and the listening audience.




Many Thanks to

Our Board!

Thomas Hobson, President

Matthew Evan Taylor, Vice President

Brian Vlasak, Secretary

 Len Duncan, Treasurer

Kevin Driscoll

Raychl Smith

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From Matt Driscoll, Artistic Director:


Matthew Driscoll

I proudly named this ensemble after my late grandfather, Durward Belmont Howell (1922-1999), because of his love for the arts and my fondness for his name (which came out "DURWOULD" when his friends called his name in excitement with a thick Nashville accent). I remember going to see musicals and listening to old-school country music with him and grandma. He always supported my music career, and I know he'd be proud of the work and legacy of Durward today.

December 2021
CONGRATULATIONS to Durward flutist Rose Bishop for winning First Prize in the Music & Stars International Music Competition!



Durward's 2021-2022 Season includes a recording project, two tours, many performances, masterclasses, and commissions. Listen to sneak peaks of tracks from our new album via SoundCloud here! Sign up for our e-newsletter at the bottom of the website to receive updates on our tour schedule.


Durward's 2018 debut album, Daughters of Earth, features all living female composers and four world premieres. Look out for our new album, Prophetic Revolutions, scheduled to be released in early 2022-- this album includes two vocal soloists, an instrumental solo, and several off our all-time favorite composer collaborations!

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New Album

Coming Soon!

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Durward is investing in the progress and prosperity of 21st-century classical music, and you can help. Your donation will allow us to expand our commissions and collaborations with emerging artists, whose voices are diverse and vital to the future of classical music. In 2022, your money will go toward our ECU residency and music education outreach, and our performance/recording premieres of Nia Franklin's (Miss America 2019) newest piece.

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