The string quartets by Jon Ward Bauman span over forty years of creative thought. They range from youthful energy and tension through universal feelings of conflict and resolution to mature understanding of peace and contentment. The String Quartet No. 4 is one of several recent compositions designed to be pleasant and enjoyable for the listener and performer because of the world conditions. The music provides and opportunity for all people to be perceptive of their internal sensitivity and allows the listener to increase human understanding and the value of life. 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. He taught general music in the Chicago Public School system and, from 1970 to 2003, was a member of the faculty at Frostburg State University in Maryland. He taught at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica in Adria, Italy, in the spring of 2002, 2004 and 2005.