Marvin J. Ward has degrees in French and English: BA (62) & MA (72, English), SUNY Albany; MA (68, French), Université Laval, Québec; Ph.D. (specializing in their medieval literatures, 84), UNC-CH; is bilingual, was a HS French teacher, then a translator and interpreter for 20 years.
He was a choral singer, radio announcer, retail music recording salesman and department manager, member of boards of presenter organizations, and is a collector of recorded classical music.
He relocated from Raleigh, NC, to Western Massachusetts upon retirement in 2003, now residing in Easthampton, and continues to contribute to CVNC. He was a founder & Executive Editor (2006-2009) of the now defunct Classical Voice of New England.
Since April 2011, he is a Five Colleges Associate with Five Colleges, Inc., based at Smith College in Northampton, MA. His research and writing focus on music, especially French, early music, and performances on historic pianos, particularly at the Frederick Collection in Ashburnham, MA.
Other interests include art/art history, history (with a forthcoming book about Easthampton's earliest industries), historical sites, museums, and reading.
He has written for CVNC since 2001, and for CVNA since 2013.
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