Staff

Becky Bell Ballard
Artistic & Executive Director
Becky Ballard was appointed Artistic & Executive Director in August 2008. Prior to joining Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, she oversaw the Phoenix Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement Department. In this capacity, Becky managed music education and community programs that served 80,000 children and adults annually. In addition to developing educational concerts, she managed two after school programs that provided underserved youth in South Phoenix and on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with private music instruction.

With a background in non-profit management and education, Becky believes passionately in the power of education to positively impact the community. Her non-profit management experience includes budget administration, operations, and strategic planning with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona State University School of Music and the Lake Forest Symphony. As a musician, she enjoys playing piano and horn and actively volunteers for the Downtown Chamber Series, Phoenix Chorale, and AZ Musicfest Scholarship Committee. Her greatest joy is watching a child immersed in concentration and wonderment as they learn to perform on a musical instrument.

To contact Becky Bell Ballard, email executivedirector@rosieshouse.org

Julia Cannon
Program Manager
Julia Cannon joined Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children in August of 2011 and has long been an advocate for arts education.  Growing up in North Carolina, she learned to play piano before venturing into vocal performance.  After earning her BFA in Theatre and BA in Spanish from Millikin University, she spent two years in the Peace Corps in Mongolia.  She strived to bring Mongolian students the joy and unique lessons of art through her English curricula, music performances, and theatre and music class for orphans.  Since returning to the US, Julia has worked with underserved students across the valley to help them achieve their dreams by realizing their full potential.  She continues to work with local theatre organizations, and is very enthusiastic to contribute to students' opportunities to explore and discover the many benefits music education has to offer.  

To contact Julia Cannon, email program@rosieshouse.org

Jennifer Schuster
Development & Finance Associate
Jennifer joined Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children in Novmber of 2013. Most recently she held positions with the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix and the Phoenix Conservatory of Music.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas Jennifer left her hometown to pursue her passion for playing the bassoon with the renowned teacher, Dr. Albie Micklich at Arizona State University. During her college career she worked for the newly expanding online sheet music company Just for Winds and Just for Brass, local non-profit The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and music marketing company Insight Management where she worked with groups like The Wiggles, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, and oldies group The Moody Blues.

To contact Jennifer, email jennifer@rosieshouse.org

 

OUR MISSION IS to Give the underserved youth of Greater Phoenix the gift of music education by providing instruments and free instruction. Through music we encourage discipline, offer hope and help students reach their full potential.