Steven Ball

Steven Ball occupies a rather unique place in both the worlds of the organ and carillon. He is part of a small number of artists in the world of the theater organ ever to have achieved a Doctoral degree in music, and the first to have ever done so with a degree in Organ Performance (DMusA U of M, 2008). He has already traveled and performed extensively in both the United States and abroad, including concerts in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, England and Switzerland. Some important firsts include the world premiere of the first concerto for Theater Organ and Orchestra (“Once Upon a Castle” Concerto for Theater Organ and Orchestra by Michael Daugherty, 2003) and the first silent film accompanied by a carillon. After commencing formal study of piano at the age of six, he began accompanying church services on a regular basis by the age of nine. Organ studies began at the age of 12 with Dr. John Hammersma of Calvin College, and by the age of 16, Ball was accepted as an undergraduate in the studio of Dr. Marilyn Mason of the University of Michigan. His BM in Organ Performance (U of M 2000) was followed by several years of study abroad which included work at l’Institute de Touraine in Tours (France), the University of Utrecht and Royal Dutch Carillon School of Amersfoort (The Netherlands) as well as the Royal Carillon School of Mechelen (Belgium). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the United States Government in 2002. Dr. Ball is Senior Staff Organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor where he appears weekly. He is a member of the Faculty of the Organ/Carillon Department at the University of Michigan, Director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and Cathedral Organist at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit.