William Scott Ball

1950 -

W. Scott Ball was Dean of the School of Music and professor of music at Southern Adventist University between 2000 and 2017, where he continues to teach on a part-time basis. He previously served as chair of the music department and director of the Honors Program at Atlantic Union College, where he taught for ten years, from 1990 to 2000.

A native of Washington, D.C., Ball received a B.Mus. in Performance (double bass) from Arizona State University, and then continued his studies with Roger Scott, at that time Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He received an M.A. in music history and an M.Div. from Andrews University in 1980 and 1983, respectively.  In 1993 he recieved his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he taught prior to joining the faculty at AUC.

A musicologist with research interests in late 19th and 20th century English and American music, Ball has taught courses in Western music history and theory, world music, American popular music, and interdisciplinary humanities classes. He was recipient of the Zapara Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996 and elected "Professor of the Year" by the AUC Student Association in May 2000.

In addition to his work as a scholar, administrator, and teacher, Ball has enjoyed  an eclectic performing career as  a double bassist and electric bassist. He was a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and later toured extensively in the United States and Europe as electric bassist with Nils Lofgren (lead guitarist with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), and is featured on a number of recordings.

He still stays active as a bassist, plying with the Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and in various groups in the Chattanooga area.

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Sources: Atlantic Union College and Southern Adventist University website biographies; profile from "They're the Best," Atlantic Union Gleaner, March 1998, 7; email from Scott Ball, May 24, 2018; personal knowledge