Juilliard Musician David Ball to Perform on Historic Symphonic Organ

Feb 28, 2013

Performance Music at The University of Scranton will present organist David Ball “In Recital” on Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Ball will perform on The University of Scranton’s Austin opus # 301, which was restored in January 2006. Built in 1910 for Immanuel Baptist Church, the instrument is one of very few authentic examples of fully restored classic 20th century, pre-World War II symphonic organ. The instrument was restored by Patrick J. Murphy and Associates, Inc., Stowe. Its specs include 3,178 pipes, 45 ranks and four manuals.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Ball is a third-year undergraduate organ student at Juilliard, where he studies with the legendary Paul Jacobs, and was one of the featured soloists on a recital hosted by PipeDreams’ Michael Barone at Alice Tully Hall. He serves as the assistant musician at St. Malachy’s The Actors’ Chapel in Manhattan, N.Y.

Ball won the 2011 Kansas City American Guild of Organists (AGO) Chapter’s Competition for Young Organists and is the recipient of the rarely conferred Outstanding Student Award from the St. Louis chapter of the AGO. He previously served as organ scholar at the landmark Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and was an organ student of Cathedral Basilica organist and director of music, John A. Romeri, Ph.D. At the Basilica, Mr. Ball assisted with the accompaniment of the Cathedral, Archdiocesan and children’s choirs. Through the children’s choir’s affiliation with the American Federation Pueri Contores, he performed at their events in Rome, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

For additional information, contact Cheryl Y. Boga, director of performance music, at music@scranton.edu, or visit www.scranton.edu/music.

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