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6339-Malone University’s Jack Ballard Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Teach / Research Music Production at Kenya’s Daystar University.

6330-May 21, 2012

Jack BallardJack Ballard, Ph.D., professor of music / coordinator of music production at Malone University was notified this spring that he has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board to receive a 2012-2013 grant to pursue research in, and teaching of, music production at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Ballard will spend six months teaching courses in composition and production, and selected seminars in production and music business.

This marks the fourth Malone University faculty member to be named a Fulbright Scholar in the past eight years.

"What's exciting is that Malone is becoming known and respected among members of the Fulbright community," says Dr. Ballard.

From their website: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

According to Malone's student online newspaper, The Aviso AVW: "Ballard will be leaving in January 2013. While on sabbatical from Malone, Ballard will be teaching at Daystar University's Athi River Campus in Kenya. According to Ballard, he will be helping Daystar University 'streamline, and advise their music department and program.' As a part of his research, Ballard is planning on working with Jackie Kotira, an African gospel singer and also hopes to work with Afrizo, an African touring group."

Jack Ballard has composed and produced music in a variety of genres, from classical and film music to jazz and bluegrass. He studied under Gunther Schuller, Wendell Jones, Arthur Post, David Maddux, and Frank Wiley, and received B.A.Ed and M.M. degrees from Central Washington and Eastern Washington Universities. His half-dissertation on hyperextended tertian sonority is from Kent State University. Its initial research received the Bruce Benward Student Music Theory Award in 2007.

He also writes music for dramas, films, videos and national radio shows, including the award-winning Adventures in Odyssey, and is experienced in digital audio and video editing. Also an award recipient for his symphonic and popular writing, he is a member of ASCAP, JEN, Society of Composers, and the Society of Composers and Lyricists. As an educator, his years in higher education produced and influenced such internationally recognized Grammy-nominees and performers as Jars of Clay, Sarah Jahn, Dom Liberati, Joe Vitale, Jr., and Smalltown Poets. Other former students engineer, write and perform in the music, radio and advertising industries. He teaches music production and composition at Malone University.

Probably the best known representation of his diversity in styles and instrumentation is his collection of The Psalms (REX Music, 1994), which includes such jazz notables as Alex Acuña, David Friesen, Fletch Wiley, Tom Patitucci, and others, and members of the Oregon Symphony.

His pieces incorporate classical and ethnic styles throughout the world, but especially New World and Old World styles that contributed to the development of music in North and South America. He has written for vocal jazz, jazz band and combo (Common Vision, Kiwibird Records, 2003), original music in bluegrass and folk styles (Long Time Coming, Kiwibird Music, 2002, Great Train Songs, Coal, Iron, and Steel, The Cook Brothers, and Mountain Songs, with two-time national flatpicking winner, Gary Cook), and rock (On the Fly, with guitarist Phil Keaggy, Canis Major Records). Choral works include pieces in both jazz and classical traditions (published by Sound Music Publication, Seattle, WA).

Academic presentations are as diverse as his paper on film scoring for the 2006 Cinema Studies Conference in Los Angeles, Raising Emotion in the Heroic Film, to 2008's Society for Ethnomusicology presentation, Navajo Gospel: A Struggle in Faith, Culture, and Style. He has also been involved in the International Association for Jazz Education, ranging from performing to delivering an address entitled Approach Chords: An Avenue for Resolution in Composition and Improvisation in 2008.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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