About Dr. Ballam
Professional Doublebassist & Private Instructor
Dr. Ballam is an active professional doublebassist and private music instructor. He holds a DMA in Doublebass Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed his master’s degree at Northwestern University in doublebass performance and string pedagogy under the instruction of DaXun Zhang and Peter Lloyd. David’s past studies also include performing in masterclasses for noted doublebassists Tim Cobb, Joseph Guastafeste, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath as well as private studies in violone and baroque performance practices with Jerry Fuller.
Before moving to Alabama, Dr. Ballam has performed numerous times in Texas with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Round Rock Symphony, and the Austin Singers. While living in Chicago, David also performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Dupage Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Summer Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Music Institute of Chicago. David has appeared in recital at the University of Texas at Austin and also as a guest soloist with the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra in Evanston, IL. As a 2006 graduate of Wheaton College (IL) Conservatory of Music, Dr. Ballam holds two bachelor’s degrees; one in music education (with teaching certification) and the other in doublebass performance under Virginia Dixon.
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