Scott Ball

Professor of Musicball



Office: Mabel Wood Hall 259
Phone: 423.236.2881


B. Mus., Arizona State University
MA, Andrews University
M. Div., Andrews University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

History of Western Music
Musical Styles and Repertories
Music in the United States
Music in Western Culture

Double bass and electric bass



Scott Ball came to Southern Adventist University in 2000, where he has taught courses in music history and served as Dean of the School of Music until 2017. He has also taught at The Ohio State University and Atlantic Union College. 

A native of Washington, D.C., Ball received his Bachelor of Music degree in double bass performance from Arizona State University, and continued his studies with Roger Scott, then principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He holds master’s degrees in music and theology from Andrews University, and completed his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University.

A musicologist with research interests in 19th and 20th century English and American music, Ball has taught music history and theory, world music, American music, and interdisciplinary humanities courses. He received the Zapara Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996), and was elected “Professor of the Year” by the AUC Student Association (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 the United States and Europe as electric bassist with Nils Lofgren, and is featured on a number of recordings. He still stays active as a bassist, playing with the Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and in various pickup groups in the area.