A Fulbright Scholar with a degree in organ performance has been named resident organist and director of outreach and fundraising for the pipe organs at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Steven Ball, originally from Wright, Mich., will now head fundraising efforts for the Historic Organ Restoration Committee through the newly created position.
The hall has two organs — the still playable Kimball pipe organ and it’s larger counterpart, the Midmer-Losh organ. The Midmer-Losh is the world’s largest pipe organ, with more than 33,000 pipes, and has not been played publicly since the late 1990s. The organ committee has been working to restore both instruments, which suffered from years of neglect.
Jeffrey Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and chair of the organ committee, said Ball will be the hall’s first resident organist and will hopefully bring needed attention to the instruments.
“We’re hoping he’ll be able to garner interest because the Midmer-Losh still needs several million dollars of investment,” Vasser said.
Ball will be paid by the organ committee. His salary was not immediately available.
Also the artist in resident at Philadelphia’s historic Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Ball will provide tours of the organs and will conduct free public performances that Vasser said could begin as soon as this year.
Ball is in the process of relocating to the region, Vasser said.
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