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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Marcus Ballard

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Name: Marcus Ballard
Website: http://www.marcusballard.com
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Gammage 301
Presentation Title: Fujin NASA 2020 Proposal
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 16

Marc Ballard is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied with Lawrence Gwozdz. His performances include appearances with Bernadette Peters, Bob Dorough, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Young at Heart Big Band, and the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra. Ballard performs and records with several bands in the New Orleans area.  

Ensemble Bio:

Founded in 2010 by flutist Misty Theisen and saxophonist Marc Ballard, Fujin has spent the past decade performing traditional and contemporary music throughout the United States. Facing a limited repertoire for a unique instrumentation, the duo began performing existing works alongside their own transcriptions of classics by Beethoven, Telemann, Reger, and Bach. With a strong desire to expand the available repertoire for flute and saxophone, they quickly set about collaborating with contemporary composers (Stephen Dankner, Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Michael Young, Wes Flinn, etc.), resulting in over a dozen new works. Fujin is continuing this tradition in its 10th season with the release of their debut album, which will feature the newly commissioned Fujin by Stephanie Berg.

Other Performers / Participants


Misty Theisen



Misty Theisen is a multifaceted musician based in western North Carolina where she is professor of woodwinds/music education at Mars Hill University.  Performing recitals, concertizing, and conducting clinics across the United States, Theisen is an active flutist. A tireless advocate of contemporary classical music, Theisen has given the world premiere of several compositions commissioned by and dedicated to her. With her ensemble Fujin she has toured throughout the country, lectured at the 2015 Mid-South Flute Festival, and performed at the 2019 International Saxophone Symposium. Her 2019 EP, Evergreen, features new music for flute by 20th-century and contemporary American composers.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Gonzo and the Velocipede Neil Anderson-Himmelspach 9
Fujin Stephanie Berg 7