Jon Ward Bauman received the Bachelor of Music in composition degree from the University of Colorado where he studied with Cecil Effinger. The Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were received from the University of Illinois where he studied composition with Robert Kelly and Salvatore Martirano. In 1965, Bauman received a Fulbright Grant to study with Bernd- Alois Zimmermann in Cologne, Germany.
From 1970 to 2003, he was a member of the faculty at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. In addition to his duties in theory and composition, he directed the Jazz Ensemble. He founded the New Music Group and served as Chair of the department. He taught at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica in Adria, Italy in the spring of 2002, 2004, and 2005.
Over seventy-five compositions have been performed and broadcast in the United States and in Europe. The genre includes orchestra, choir, band, chamber music, piano, opera, mixed media, musical shows, transcriptions and arrangements. His music has been recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Potomac Highlands Symphony Orchestra, Moyzes String Quartet, etc.
Bauman was the co-founder and music coordinator of the summer concert series Music at Penn Alps. He was Music Director and Conductor of the Penn Alps Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony under the Stars Orchestra, the Western Maryland Symphony, and the Potomac Highlands Symphony Orchestra.
Professional associations include membership in A.S.C.A.P., the American Composer’s Forum, the American Music Center, Society of American Composers, etc. He served as a music panel member of the Maryland State Arts Council. He is a consultant for the American Council on Education and is a member of the Board of Directors for Young Audiences of Maryland. He is recognized as a composer, conductor and educator in over two-dozen national and international biographical reference books such as the International Who’s Who in Music and the Who’s Who in America.
The music of Jon Ward Bauman can speak to all people and is capable of enduring for all time. Bauman has inherited the past and has profound respect for traditional forms, deductive logic and expression. The Rondo for solo guitar is a traditional, five-part rondo form: ABA’CA”. The music is crafted with today’s musical materials to be expressive.