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Hitting the high notes with Charles Ball

From telescope operators to piano tuners, The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the dedication of its staff during Staff Appreciation Week. Today we feature Charles Ball, head piano technician in the Butler School of Music. Ball reflects on a lifetime working with some of the finest instruments and some of the best pianists in the country.

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Piano-tuning maestro Charles Ball has been hitting the high notes for 30 years as the head piano technician in the Butler School of Music. From an early age, Ball has been fascinated by the inner workings of pianos and had dreamed of one day working in music, with a fleet of fine instruments that he would prepare for concert performances.

Ball reflects on having realized his dream: a long career working with the finest instruments and the best pianists, from first-year music students to some of the greatest piano virtuosos in the world.

With the motto “UT works because staff work,” Staff Appreciation Week is an opportunity for members of the university community to show appreciation for the hard work and commitment of university staff.

Read a transcript of the interview (PDF).

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