Ross is a choir director, music theorist, and multi-instrumentalist from Akron, OH. He grew up alongside three music-loving brothers in Stow, and graduated from Stow High School in 2013. He then attended Kent State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education in the Fall of 2017. During his later teen and early adult years, Ross frequently performed live music at local concert venues, as well as travelling as far as Long Island, NY to perform original music. His experience performing choral music includes singing tenor for such groups as the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, the Kent State University Chorale, the Nova Jazz Singers, and various chamber ensembles.
Following his undergraduate education, Ross has taught music in many capacities. He served as the Pre-K-8 music teacher at St. Joseph Parish School in Cuyahoga Falls his first year out of college, and has been directing the choirs at Streetsboro City Schools since then. He also teaches private music lessons on instruments such as piano, guitar, bass, drums, and voice. In the Summer of 2019, he served as head music teacher for the Kosciuszko Foundation’s “Teaching English in Poland” arts camp — it was here that he proposed to his wife, Mackenzie Downing. Ross has also spent multiple summers teaching music at the Salvation Army in Akron.
In the Spring of 2020, Ross graduated with a master’s degree in music theory from Kent State University. He uses his knowledge of music theory to write curriculum for his high school and private theory courses, as well as to educate his ensembles on the science of music. Above all else, Ross is a high-energy, fun-loving individual with a tremendous passion for music and people.