Dr. David Ballam has taught at Auburn University since 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, Dr. Ballam taught and performed extensively in central Texas and Chicago, IL.
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Ballam has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, and the Austin Singers. While living in Chicago, Dr. Ballam performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Dupage Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Summer Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Music Institute of Chicago. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra and Ensemble Settecento, and in recital at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Ballam holds a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin studying under DaXun Zhang, and completed his master’s degree at Northwestern University in double bass performance and string pedagogy under the instruction of both Peter Lloyd and DaXun Zhang. A graduate of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Dr. Ballam holds diplomas in both music education and double bass performance. He has performed in masterclasses for noted double bassists Tim Cobb, Joseph Guastafeste, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath and has studied privately in violone and baroque performance practices with Jerry Fuller.
Dr. Ballam is a member of the International Society of Bassists (ISB). He has been invited to the biennial ISB Summer Convention as a presenter on the topics of establishing and running a private music studio and using technology in the private studio. Dr. Ballam has also been actively involved in the Young Bassists Program at convention since 2011, coaching and working with many talented young bassists.
As an early music performer, Dr. Ballam performed with the University of Texas’s Bach Cantata Project and Northwestern University’s Baroque Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and past performer with Ensemble Settecento, billed as “Austin’s Newest Period Music Ensemble”. Outside of rehearsals, David managed the ensemble’s marketing, media and communications.