William Scott Ball

1950 -

Scott Ball, Dean of the School of Music and professor of music at Southern Adventist University since 2000, previously served as chair of the music department 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 on double bass from Arizona State University, and then continued his studies with Roger Scott, then Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He received an M.Mus. in music history and an M.Div. from Andrews University in 1980 and 1983, respectively, and a 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 both taught in and directed the AUC Honors Program. Ball was recipient of the Zapara Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996 and elected "Professor of the Year" by the Atlantic Union College Student Association in May 2000.

In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, Ball has performed in both popular and classical venues as a double bassist and electric bassist. He was a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and has performed in master classes with Gary Karr (renowned double bassist), Warren Benfield (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Tony Bianco (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). He 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 can be heard on a number of recordings.

Ball and his wife Lorraine (Follett), who is also a professor at SAU, have two adult children, Jonathan and Jessica.


Sources: Atlantic Union College and Southern Adventist University website biographies; profile from "They're the Best," Atlantic Union Gleaner, March 1998, 7; California Marriage Index, 1960-1985; personal knowledge.