Mindy Ball

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Division of Fine Arts
Saddleback College

Mindy Ball began playing the harp at 12, studying with Marjorie Call-Salzedo and receiving her degree in harp performance from Chapman University with honors. She also trained with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under distinguished American conductor Leonard Bernstein. Currently celebrating her 36th year as principal harp with Pacific Symphony, she is also principal harp with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has held principal positions with Opera Pacific and Pittsburgh Opera under John Mauceri.

Ball performs regularly for major and international touring ballet companies and has recorded for film and television including PBS specials for Barry Manilow, American Ballet Theater, NBC Movies of the Week, Superman, and Batman cartoons, Diablo 3 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Other performance included groups such as Aerosmith, Journey, Eagles, Sheryl Crow, B-52s, Pink Martini, Paul McCartney, and Johnny Mathis.

The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register have described her performances as “expressive,” “vigorous and assertive” and “virtuosic.” Ball has toured to Europe with Pacific Symphony and to Japan and Brazil with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. For 12 years, she performed for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.

In addition, she has played for political dignitaries such as former presidents George H. W. Bush and Richard Nixon, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In 1993, Ball founded the Pacific Harp Ensemble and serves as director and current conductor. Along with keeping a busy freelance career, she teaches harp at Biola, Chapman, Cal State Fullerton, Vanguard, and Concordia universities, as well as limited private instruction. She is founding and past President of the Orange County chapter of the American Harp Society and was awarded Chapter of the Year in 2008.