Hope Ward is a 17 year old violist and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charlie (Tonja) Ward and the sister to Caleb and Joshua Ward. A senior at Florida State University Schools, she is an honor roll student, captain and starting goalie for the Varsity Soccer Team, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Student Leadership Council, Thespian Society, Spanish National Honor’s Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
While living in Houston, Texas Hope began playing viola in the third grade under the instruction of Meredith Harris where she was the principal violist in the Houston Youth Symphony String Orchestra. Additionally, she was selected for the American Festival for the Arts Summer institute.
Upon her family's relocation to Pensacola, Florida in 2014 by audition, Hope was one of two seventh grade students to make the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and by 9th grade she was the Assistant Principal Violist.
She has been selected twice for the prestigious Sphinx Performance Academy and three times for the East Carolina University Four Seasons Summer Chamber Music Institute. She has also been selected multiple times to perform on honors recitals at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute. By audition Hope has been twice selected to perform on the Honor’s Recital for the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University and was selected for their Virtuosi and Chamber Music Institutes in 2019. Hope was selected for the 2020 SPHINX Performance Academy at The Juilliard School and for the 2021 Florida All-State Symphony Orchestra.
Since moving to Tallahassee, she has continued her viola studies with Meredith Harris (Houston Opera) and Julliard alumni Dawn Smith and Drew Forde. She was a member of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra for 2018-19 and invited to return for the 2019-20 season. Hope entered the 2019 Tallahassee Bach Parley Kids Go for B'roque annual competition and was selected for the winner’s recital. Hope is currently principal violist of the Javacya Elite Chamber Orchestra.
She is the founder of the Hope’s Holiday Notes Project where she organizes and directs holiday music programs for underserved populations during the various holidays throughout the year. She has delivered over 1400 student made cards. Hope aspires to become an executive in the entertainment business in a career where she can combine her love for math and the arts with her creativity and leadership skills.