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Laura Ball is an active teacher, music director, composer, and performer known for her innovative collaborations across musical genres and her explorations of contemporary chamber music practices. She is the founder and creative director of the UNED!TED Interdisciplinary Arts Concert Series and has been a featured performing artist and composer at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC), Panoramic Dance Troupe (Raleigh, NC), and Goddard College (Port Townsend, WA).

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Ball is dedicated to creating a greater awareness of cultural identity and compassion through the mediums of collaborative and interdisciplinary art. Ball grew up in the American South with deep roots in the Gullah and Irish song-storytelling traditions. Her musical background includes a broad survey as an instrumentalist, choral conductor and vocalist – spanning repertoire from the Baroque to Broadway. Equally at home in both the classical and contemporary repertoires, Ball believes in building bridges through sound. She works as the music director at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island, SC.

Her current endeavors include a unique interdisciplinary concert series and educational outreach, UNED!TED, now in its fifth season, as well as ongoing compositional collaborations in the field of dance with Charleston Dance Institute, Chamber Music Charleston, Annex Dance Company, and Ballet Evolution. Ball performs regularly with several groups in the Charleston area including the Bach-stars (Hazel Ketchum, John Holenko, Jonathan Kammer and Johnny Gray) – a unique chamber music ensemble, Double Standard (with Ann Caldwell) – a female a capella duo, and hosts a series of Cabaret song nights with songstress Mary Fishburne.

Ball’s previous work includes interdisciplinary compositions and commissions for Panoramic Dance Troup (NC-State Raleigh), two original ballet score commissions (Little Match Girl, Creation: a Genesis Account) a featured exhibition and workshop at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) with 87Dance Productions as a composer and performer, and appearances locally with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Seabrook Island Club, Kiawah Arts Council, Gibbes Museum and Parliament. She has also worked with sculptor Steve Davis (San Jose, CA) on a series of soundscape art installations.