Ford F. is in demand as a guest artist and clinician at universities throughout the United States. He serves as artistic director of Unheard-of//Ensemble along with many other projects to connect contemporary music with wider audiences. He has taught clarinet for over 8 years and had students achieve in competition and in youth orchestra. He has also taught as an aural skills and composition substitute with Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division.
Ford has a Masters of Music from Stony Brook University were he studied with Alan Kay, principal clarinetist of Orpheus, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for Music of World Cultures. He has additional studies as a member of Manhattan School of Music’s innovative Contemporary Performance Program where he studied with David Krakauer and Alan Kay.
Ford F. is known for his “ability to connect and introduce students to contemporary literature.” This current season includes performances at New York’s key new music venues including National Sawdust, the Firehouse Space, and Spectrum as well as performances and masterclasses with Unheard-of//Ensemble at Alabama State University, Columbus State University, Chattanooga State Community College, Covenant College, and Marywood University as well as multiple community engagement concerts. In past seasons, he has been featured as a part of New Music New Haven, the Composer’s Voice series, the University of Pennsylvania’s Composer’s Guild, NoiseGate Festival, and New Music at Firehouse Space. He currently teaches as clarinet instructor for the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School.
As a finalist of the 2015 International Clarinet Association Research Competition, he travelled to Madrid, Spain to present his research examining Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Quintet. He has also earned recognition as one of six national winners of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s Marcus L. Urann Fellowship. In 2016, he served as the Contemporary Ensemble Fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival and has attended the Orford New Music Workshop, Domaine Forget, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Charles Neidich Music Seminar in KitaKaruizawa.