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 music 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, Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant Panel 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

Catherine Reid
Program Director

Catherine Reid, Program Director at Rosie’s House, is a music educator and musician dedicated to accessible, high-quality musical education for all students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Spanish from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Music Education degree from Arizona State University.

Catherine is a member of the Consortium for Digital, Popular, and Participatory Culture in Music Education (CDPPCME) at ASU and regularly collaborates with the arts collective, urbanSTEW. Prior to her appointment at Rosie’s House, Catherine taught high school and middle school choir and guitar at Rancho Solano Preparatory School’s Ventura campus in Scottsdale, Arizona and K-6 elementary general music at Roadrunner Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona.

To contact Catherine Reid, email catherine@rosieshouse.org

Violeta M. Ramos
Program Manager

Violeta Ramos joined Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children in August of 2014. As an alumnus of Rosie’s House, Violeta understands first-hand the work that we do. She was born and raised in Phoenix and pursued her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. Since graduating she has worked at various non-profits in the community and has empowered underserved youth and adults alike.

Violeta is very thankful for the enrichment that Rosie’s House brought to her life as a child and is excited to be back at Rosie’s House to help bring that enrichment to others. She strongly believes that music education can teach youth about so much more than just music and prepares youth for a successful future.

To contact Violeta M. Ramos, email violeta@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.