Malone University professor’s work to be performed at 2014 conference
December 10, 2013 | Release # 6796
College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences. Jack Ballard, Ph.D., professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, was recently notified by the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) that his work has been chosen to be performed in one of two New Works Recitals at the 2014 ITG Conference in Valley Forge, Pa. Dr. Ballard's work was selected from a field of more than 130 submissions.
Dr. Ballard has composed and produced music in a variety of genres, from classical and film music to jazz and bluegrass. He worked with 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 and its initial research received the Bruce Benward Student Music Theory Award in 2007. His ballet, The Castle for orchestra, received the Ipark Foundation's Thanatopolis Prize for Memorial Composition for the movement, "Lament."
Of his symphonic poem for orchestra, The Traveler's Psalm, the Durango Herald wrote: "Enchanting, lyrical and polished to the point that it sounded as if it were the work of one of our time-honored masters." Probably the best-known representation of his diversity in styles and instrumentation is his song cycle The Psalms (released on REX Music, 1994), which includes such notables as Alex Acuña, David Friesen, Fletch Wiley, Tom Patitucci, and members of the Oregon Symphony. "So unique and creative, it breaks new artistic ground" from National Religious Broadcaster. "A great collection:" Moody Monthly.
His pieces often incorporate classical and ethnic styles throughout the world, but especially New World and Old World music that contribute to cultures in North and South America. Ballard's production company, Kiwibird Creative Services, specializes in production that requires popular, ethnic and classical style integration, such as film scoring and eclectic CD projects. His current work is a CD of vocal jazz, classical and original vocal music with his band, Mourning to Dancing.
He presently teaches music production and composition at Malone University.
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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 has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 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 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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