William L. Ballenger

Music Education

William L. Ballenger has served as director of the School of Music at The Ohio State University from 2017 to July 1, 2020. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, he served for thirteen years as Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University, and twelve years as Department Head of Music at Oklahoma State University. Professor Ballenger’s previous academic appointments include Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and public school teaching positions in Ankeny and Oskaloosa school districts in Iowa.  

Professor Ballenger has composed over seventy original compositions and arranged more than 600 works for various ensembles. He has conducted many festival and honor bands throughout the region, including the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia and South Dakota.

In 2012 and 2013 Professor Ballenger served as President of the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS). Previous appointments include TAMS Director of the four-year state-supported schools (2009). Professor Ballenger remains active in the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Previous NASM appointments include Chair and Vice Chair of Region 9, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Chair of the Nominating Committee.  

Recent honors and awards include the William D. Kerns Award for the Performing Arts (2013), presented by Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA); and in May 2017, by TTU System Board of Regents action, the Holtkamp pipe organ at Texas Tech University was officially renamed the “Great Ballenger Holtkamp Organ.” Read news article at EverythingLubbock.com


Areas of Expertise
  • Music Education
  • Composition
  • MA, Music Education/Composition, Northeast Missouri State University - Kirksville, MO
  • BM, Music Education, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA