April Lisette Ball-O'Dell
Owner/Piano, Voice & Acting Instructor
April is a native of Albuquerque, NM and for the past 6 years has lived in Phoenix, Tucson and the island of Oahu. Now she's back in the Land of Enchantment.
She is a professional musician and actor in musical theatre as well as film and television. While on a soccer & music scholarship, she graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM with a B.A in Music Performance (piano & voice).
April started playing the piano at the age of 6 1/2 under the tutelage of Mary Jobe and Flora Russo and was a 1st and 2nd place scholarship recipient at age 11 and 12. She also found an interest in composing and has written over 30 pieces of original music in which over half were completed between the ages of 12 & 20. She started singing at a young age but didn't take lessons until college.
(Concert at Keller Hall in ABQ, NM 1994)
In high school, at the request of her private teacher, she auditioned and became apart of the Young Razzcals Jazz Project Directed by Dave Adams. They produced several records in which April was a vocalist on and were guest artists at the prestigious Telluride Jazz Festival.
At 16 she began teaching piano in high school taking over the younger students when her private piano instructor was unavailable and also taught sports at the YMCA. Since then she has had over 20 years of teaching experience with young children ages 3-17 as well as group adult classes and private lessons.
April continues to study voice under Carol Jennings (Grammy Award Winning Singer in The Phoenix Chorale) as well as acting with various classes and instructors.
Since coming home to Albuquerque in 2016, April has been a resident actor and teaching artist at Play Conservatory playing one of the lead roles: Eve & Mama Noah in Children of Eden. She also is a teaching artist and Music Director for the "littles" program at The Growing Stage and is on staff at The School of Rock and New Mexico School of Music. April also sings and plays keys in a professional band Wild Humans. For more information on tours and shows: www.wildhumansmusic.com.