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 is proud to collaborate with so many esteemed composers and performers from across the country. Our upcoming album release will feature some of our all-time favorite collaborations. 

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Matthew Evan Taylor composed Joyful Noise, Sound of Defiance, in 2019, and Durward premiered it with mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen. A Dana Lyon Fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music, Taylor is now the VP of Durward's board.




Our debut album, Daughters of Earth (2018), features all works by living female composers: Lisa Neher, Martha Horst, Laura Schwartz, Laura Schwendinger, and Elizabeth Foster. Our second album, coming soon, will feature African-American and Iowa-based composers, as well as two nationally acclaimed vocalists.

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N E W  A L B U M          C O M I N G  S O O N

From Matt Driscoll, Artistic Director:


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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.


Congratulations to Durward clarinetist Lisa Wissenberg for beginning her first season as principal clarinet of the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra! She will also be serving as Visiting Adjunct Faculty at Coe College for Fall 2021.

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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.



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Join Durward in our 2021 Holiday Fundraising Campaign! Your donation will go directly toward our ECU residency in February 2022. By raising $3000 this holiday season, our ensemble will be able to bring performances and masterclasses into Greenville area public schools and record the newest work by acclaimed composer and Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin.

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Thanks to our Board

Thomas Hobson, President

Matthew Evan Taylor, Vice President

Brian Vlasak, Secretary

 Len Duncan, Treasurer

Kevin Driscoll

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