New faculty announced for fall 2012

Michael Hall (Interim Director of Orchestras)

Hailed as having “talent to burn” by the Winnipeg Free Press, Maestro Hall’s career includes guest appearances with some of the finest orchestras in North America, including the Houston Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony, as well as the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In Central America, Hall has worked with the Orquesta Sinfionica Nacional de Costa Rica.
Maestro Michael Hall recently concluded his 5th successful season as Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony. His drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming, and collaborations with celebrated guest artists resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, audience praise, and enthusiastic reviews. Some of the Southwest Florida Symphony’s highlights during Maestro Hall’s tenure include two world premieres commissioned and performed for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season and the new “Discovery Concerts” where Hall takes audiences on an in-depth journey behind the music. Hall also implemented new community concerts with performances to enthusiastic full houses around the entire region. Before being appointed Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, Michael Hall held the position of Associate Conductor with the Pacific Symphony in California, where he developed innovative Family Concerts based on his own original scripts. Hall’s success in California led to his initial three year position being extended to an unprecedented six year tenure.
Hall holds a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, studying with renowned conducting pedagogue Gustav Meier, and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Sir Colin Davis. While studying in England, Hall also held the position of Assistant conductor of the Havant Symphony Orchestra in the UK.



Joel Braun (Assistant Professor, Double Bass)
Joel Braun is the new assistant professor of music instruction (double bass) at Ball State University.  He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, receiving his B.M. in 2005 and M.M. in 2007.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Joel started double bass studies with Juilliard alumna Sue Stubbs in 1996.  In 1999 he  began primary studies with Eugene Levinson at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School Pre-College Division.  He has studied additionally with Chris Hanulik, Paul Ellison, Stuart Sankey, Jack Budrow, and Lawrence Hurst.  Joel is a past recipient of the Aspen Music Festival String Fellowship.  He has been a finalist for positions in the Kansas City Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony and a semi-finalist for positions in the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic.  Joel has held faculty positions in double bass at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division and the Kaufman Center in New York City.  As a performer, he has concertized with such ensembles as the New York City Ballet, the Israel Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic.  From the 2006-2007 season through the 2011-2012 season, Joel was a full time substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic.  During that time he participated in numerous domestic and international tours, including the Philharmonic's historic trip to North Korea in 2008.  As a recitalist, Joel has premiered Bezhad Ranjbaran's Elegy for Double Bass and Piano and Manuel Sosa's Tractus V, a piece written for and dedicated to him.



Scott Routenberg (Assistant Professor, Jazz Piano)

Dr. Scott Routenberg is an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist, audio programmer, and educator. In August 2012, Dr. Routenberg will join the faculty of the School of Music at Ball State University as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano.  Scott holds three graduate degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music: Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition (2008), Master of Music in Media Writing and Production (2005), and Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance (2003). Scott also holds a BA in Music and Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001).  
Scott's jazz piano teachers include Manfredo Fest (Sergio Mendes/Bossa Rio; taught Maria Schneider) and Vince Maggio (student of Oscar Peterson). Scott studied composition and arranging at the University of Miami with Grammy-nominated arranger Gary Lindsay, Ron Miller (Pat Metheny's teacher) and Raul Murciano, and at UNC-Chapel Hill with Bill Fritz (arranger for Stan Kenton). Scott has performed with Howard Levy, Arturo Sandoval, Billy Contreras, Brandon Wright, Ira Sullivan, Alejo Poveda, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more.  Performance venues include the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, The Hague Jazz Festival, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head Jazz Society), the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel and the Gainesville Friends of Jazz & Blues Festival.
Scott's classical compositions and Pops arrangements have been performed by many symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony. Premieres include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles. Conductors who have premiered Scott's works include Vince Mendoza, Michael Krajewski, Thomas Sleeper, and Sofia Kraevska. Scott's jazz compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by the Metropole Orkest, Howard Levy, Roberta Gambarini, Ernie Watts, Carmen Bradford, the Jeremy Monteiro Big Band, Billy Contreras, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic, and many others. Awards and honors include the following: Winner of the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Contest's Maxell Song of the Year, ASCAP Plus Award (2005-2012), 2007 ASCAP David Rose Scholarship, 2007 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop Participant, 2006 Downbeat Student Award for Best Extended Length Composition, 2006, 2003 & 2002 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, 2004 Heineken Music Initiative/ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant Program (Miami winner), and 2004 Henry Mancini Institute Composer Participant.

Daniel Colston is an avid chamber and orchestral musician who is particularly interested in promoting early twentieth-century English viola music. As both a violinist and violist, he has been a member of the Baylor University Graduate String quartet, a finalist at the MTNA national chamber music competition. He was recently invited to perform with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and has appeared with artists such as Michael Kannen and Courtney Orlando. As an orchestral player, Daniel has been a member of the Waco Symphony and has played with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony.

As part of his study into the early twentieth-century viola music written for Lionel Tertis, Daniel researched manuscripts of York Bowen in the Royal Academy of Music Archive, culminating in a rare performance of Bowen’s unpublished Poem for Viola, Harp and Organ. Daniel recently received his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Peabody Conservatory as a viola student of Victoria Chiang. He also holds master’s degrees in both violin and viola from Baylor University, where he was a teaching assistant on both instruments. Before coming to Baylor, he received a double degree in music and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, winning the university concerto competition and performing Karl Goldmark’s Violin Concerto in A minor with the UNC symphony. Daniel greatly looks forward to teaching and performing as a member of the Ball State community.