School of Music
Scott Ball, Dean of the School of Music, came to Southern in 2000. He taught previously
at Atlantic Union College where he also served as Chair of the Music Department and
Director of the Honors Program.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Ball received his B. Mus. in Performance (double bass) from Arizona State University, and continued his studies with Roger Scott, then principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He holds master's degrees from Andrews University in music and theology, and received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he taught for five years.
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, Dr. 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.
He and his wife, Lorraine, also a professor at Southern, have two grown children, Jonathan and Jessica. In his spare time Ball enjoys reading, spending time at the ocean, and playing his ukuleles and acoustic guitars.