Hailed by music critic Kyle Gann as a “precociously interesting composer”, Erica Ball’s works have been heard across the country in Chicago, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Her music has been performed by numerous ensembles including the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Colorado Quartet, the Arneis Quartet, pianist Blair McMillen, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the American Symphony Orchestra.
Erica received her PhD in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Anna Weesner, Jim Primosch, and Jay Reise. While completing her doctorate, Erica was awarded the Helen L. Weiss Award by the University for her choral work Adon Olam, and the David Halstead Prize for her concerto for viola. She holds a BA in Music from Bard College, where she studied with Joan Tower. During her studies at Bard she was awarded the Theodore Presser Award, the college's highest award for musical excellence.
In addition to her work as a composer, Erica remains active as a violinist, pianist, and educator, with a special interest in bringing contemporary music to new audiences. She maintains a private teaching studio in the Philadelphia suburbs, and regularly teaches at area universities. Erica is also the Interim Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Relâche Ensemble. Learn more about Relâche here.