Nicholas G. M. Ross’ musical career as a conductor, violinist, and music educator has spanned over twenty-five years. In addition to gaining extensive conducting and violin performance experience in the professional realm, Ross has worked continuously with students ranging from the public school through university levels.
With a clear passion and focus in the area of opera and musical theater, Ross served as an Associate Conductor with the New York City Opera Company for the ‘07-‘08 season, and served as an Assistant Conductor with the Glimmerglass Opera Company for three seasons from 2005- 2007. In 2010, Ross conducted a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with John Jay and Ohio Wesleyan Colleges in New York City. This collaboration dates back to 2007, when Ross served as Music Director and Conductor for a fiftieth anniversary production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at John Jay College. Additional guest conducting appearances include performances with Shreveport Opera and the Arizona State University Lyric Opera Theater.
Past symphonic conducting positions that Ross held include Conducting Assistant with the Phoenix Symphony, Cover Conductor for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Northern Arizona University, Music Director and Conductor of the Hunter Symphony, Music Director of the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra. Symphonic guest conducting appearances include performances with the Valdosta Symphony in Georgia, the Harbin Symphony Orchestra in Harbin, China, the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra in Canandaigua, NY, the Society of Composers Festival in Tempe, Arizona, and the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Ross is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator for solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state of Arizona and the Southwest. He also serves as an orchestral clinician for Eastman Strings, giving clinics and master-classes around the country. In addition to his conducting career, Ross maintains an active performance schedule as a violinist and is presently a member of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra in Cooperstown, NY. Ross performed as Concertmaster with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for select masterworks series concerts through the 2010 and 2011. Further professional violin experience includes posts with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, and the Utica Symphony Orchestra. Some of the notable artists that Ross has performed with include Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, Manheim Steamroller, Anne Murray, and Broadway touring productions of The Producers, Annie Get Your Gun, and Peter Pan.
Ross earned the Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Ithaca College, the Master of Music in Violin Performance as a String Fellow at Syracuse University, and was the first recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Arizona State University.
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