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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, Laura Ball is an Arts Activist, Performer/Composer, and Noisemaker 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.

Her current endeavors include a unique concert series, UNED!TED, now in its fourth season, an educational arts initiative aimed at linking academic curricula with arts projects and performances, as well as ongoing compositional collaborations with Charleston Dance Institute, Chamber Music Charleston, Annex Dance Company and an upcoming Solo album.

Ball’s previous work includes interdisciplinary compositions and commissions for Panoramic Dance Troup (NC-State Raleigh), an exhibition and workshop at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) with 87Dance Productions as a featured 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.

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.