Author: music

  • Alumna Spotlight: Lori Mechem

    Lori Mechem graduated from Ball State in 1986 with a bachelor degree in Jazz Performance. Lori and her husband, Roger Spencer founded the Nashville Jazz Institute in 1998 with very little money and a handful of students. Lori is currently the Founder and Education Director of The Nashville Jazz Workshop; one of the leading non-profit […]

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  • Alumna Spotlight: JoAnn Rediger

    Dr. JoAnn Rediger received her Bachelors degree from Taylor University in 1971; her MMEd degree from James Madison University in 1981 and a DA from Ball State University in 1994. She recently retired after many years of service to Taylor University as the choral director. Dr. Rediger answers questions about her experience from Ball State […]

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  • 8th Annual School of Music Showcase Recap

    Last week on September 13th, the School of Music presented their 8th Annual School of Music Showcase, a concert to benefit student scholarships. The event also recognized this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients: choral conductor JoAnn Rediger (PDF) and harpist Grace Bauson who will performed on the concert. There were over 500 performers and it was a successful […]

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  • School of Music Individual Lessons Program 2019

    In the 2018 fall semester, the School of Music piloted the Individual Lessons Program. This program offers individual vocal, instrumental, and composition lessons to youth and adults in Muncie and neighboring communities. Lessons are taught be faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students and take place on the Ball State campus. Weekly lessons will be […]

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    Alumna Spotlight: Rebecca Sorley, D.A. ’96

    Rebecca Sorley is originally from Indianapolis and completed her Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance at Ball State in 1996. She currently serves as Professor of Music at the University of Indianapolis. What opportunities attracted you to Ball State?   I liked how the program prepared me to be a university professor – especially with […]

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    Horn Quartet Invited to Perform and Compete in Belgium

    Ball State University’s horn quartet, The Deaf Cat Quartet, will travel to Belgium at the beginning of July to participate in the 51st International Horn Symposium. During the week-long symposium, they will attend dozens of lectures, master classes, and concerts. They will also perform a lecture recital and participate in a quartet competition. We interviewed […]

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    Alumnus Spotlight: Michael Pettry Discusses Arts Administration

    Alumnus Michael Pettry holds a bachelor’s degree in pipe organ performance from Ball State University and a master’s degree in conducting from Butler University. He currently serves as Vice President of Development for the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN. He previously served as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for 13 […]

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    Ball State Opera Theatre Presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni

    This past weekend, the Ball State Opera Theatre presented a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Dr. Jon Truitt, director of opera and associate professor of voice, writes about the production. I’m the opera director at Ball State and we’re really pleased to have our production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiere this Friday (March 29 at 7:30 […]

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    Alumna Spotlight: Rebekah Weaver, B.S. ’04 and M.M. ’06

    We recently interviewed Rebekah Weaver about her experience at Ball State and how it shaped her career. Rebekah graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Instrumental Music Education and in 2006 with a M.M. in Percussion Performance. Where are you originally from and what major were you when you attended Ball State?  I was born in Williamsport, […]

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