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Dr Larry Ball - Biography

Larry K. Ball, D.M.A., (known by his students as DB) is a graduate of the Perkinson Conservatory of Millikin University and holds both undergraduate and Master of Music degrees. He was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the Thornton School at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles, was graduated with department honors in both academic and performance disciplines, and elected to Phi Kappa Lambda. His dissertation was the first to explore the growth and development of the children's choir movement in the United States, which has manifested itself as one of the significant developments in American sacred music of the 20th century. 

Dr. Ball is a founding faculty member in music at Santiago Canyon College, beginning when it was the Orange Campus of Rancho Santiago Community College District in 1985 after his appointment to the Santa Ana College faculty in 1975. He was the founder/conductor of the California MasterChorale and orchestra 1975-2004. From 1966-1998, he was Minister of Worship and Music at First Presbyterian Church, Orange, California. He also served as Minister of Music and principal conductor at the Crystal Cathedral. There, he conducted the Cathedral Choir for the Hour of Power international telecasts and administered a large music staff. ​In October 2005, Dr. Ball retired as Minister of Music and Worship from St Andrew's Presbyterian Church - Newport Beach after completing over 45 years in full time church music. At his retirement, the Session of St. Andrew's conferred the title of emeritus to honor his many years of distinguished musical leadership and service locally and nationally. 

Dr. Ball has directed choral festivals on both coasts and Canada and has assisted many churches establish effective music ministries. Several summers during the 90s, Dr. Ball taught at the College of Church Music in Seoul, Korea. 

He is the past national president of the board of directors of the Chorister Guild, Dallas, TX, and the National Association of Church Musicians (NACM). In May 1998, Dr. Ball conducted the re-discovered Benjamin Britten masterpiece, The World of the Spirit (1938) in a west coast premiere and again at Carnegie Hall. 

​Other major premiere's he presented and conducted with SCC choirs include, the Berlioz, Messe Solennelle; Cherubini, Messa Solenne in G; Rutter, Mass of the Children; and the Thomson, Settings of Champion Songs. Dr. Ball's wife Kristin is a nationally recognized concert artist/organist and his organist/accompanist in the church position they held.​