Dr. Steven Ball
Director of Music at The Oratory of St. Francis de Sales
Dr. Steven Ball has recently been named as Director of Sacred Music at The Oratory of St.
Francis de Sales in St. Louis, Missouri.
A native of Michigan, Dr. Ball studied at the University of Michigan where he later went on to
teach, serve as University Carillonneur, and the Director of the famous Stearns Collection of
Musical Instruments. He received his DMA in 2007. A former Fulbright Scholar to the
Netherlands, Steven Ball is also well known for his work in the world of campanology (the study
of bells), improvisation, as an organ consultant, for silent film accompaniment and as a theater
organist. He has traveled and performed extensively in both the United States and was inducted
as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (a Papal Knighthood) in
He comes to this position from New Jersey where he last served as Organist and Director of
Outreach (now Emeritus) for the world’s largest pipe organ located in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic
City. His time there also included a position at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in in
Atlantic City and Philadelphia and while serving on the faculty of the Organ Department at the
University of Michigan, he also served as Cathedral Organist at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
in Detroit and Senior Staff Organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
Come early for French Pastries and coffee starting at 10:30!
Come for coffee and French pastries at 10:30!