Mr. Ball

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About Me

Illinois Wesleyan University

I graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in Music Education. I was a vocal major, piano and organ minor, played percussion in Band, Violin in Orchestra, in the percussion ensemble, and upright Bass is Jazz Band.

I went to high school at Grayslake Community High School, about an hour north of Chicago, IL. I was a part of their "Encore!" theatre club and was a Thespian. I was in Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Honors Varisty Mixed Choir, Concert Choir, Honors Band, and Orchestra as well. My senior year I was chosen to conduct the band at the All State music conference in a modern musical concept called, "Sound Painting".

Post Bachelors: I have taken additional classes at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, IL for continuing to master this art form known as "music Teacher." Might one day even put it towards a masters.

Accolades

2019 - HSMTA: Best Musical, Best Sound, Best supporting Actor, Best Dancer, Best set/props, Best Hair/Make-up

2018 - HSMTA: Best Sound

2016 - Best Play for AZ State Thespians

2015 - Runner-up Yavapai County Teacher of the Year

2015 - HSMTA - Best Lead Female, Best Dancer, Honorable Mention, Best Sound, Best Hair/Make-up, ASU Leadership Award

2014 - Northern Arizona Theatre Teacher of the Year

2014 - Best Play for AZ State Thespians

2009, 2010, 2011 - Best Theatre in the Valley by "Kudos"

Favorites

A chocolate pinata - who wouldn't love that?! My taste in music is expansive - from Bach and Beethoven to Music Theatre, pop, jazz, rock, and rap. Beyond music and theatre, I played intramural basketball in college and played baseball and soccer up through high school. While music is my passion, I always encourage others to find theirs - no matter what it entails. I love to bake and cook when I have the time.

Favorite Movies: Love Actually, Homeward Bound, Marvel Movies

Favorite Books: Les Miserables, and every book by Frank McCourt and Mitch Albom.

Favorite Classical Piece - Holst's "Planets" or most everything from Tchaikovsky.

Favorite Food - Italian

Favorite Dish - Spaghetti with Cuddle Fish in a black ink sauce

Favorite Desert - Hot fudge brownies a la mode

Favorite Musical - In the Heights

Favorite Shakespeare Tragedy - Macbeth

Favorite Shakespeare Comedy - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Favorite Play - August: Osage County

Friday, September 25th 2020 is National Civics day! Join us on a virtual town hall at 9am to celebrate it!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85431655995

In your free time, be sure to check out the MUHS Civics Day Page as well!

https://sites.google.com/muhschrome.com/muhs-u-s-history-help-center/social-studies-help-center/september-25-sandra-day-oconnor-civics-celebration-day