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Elaine Ross

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Elaine Ross


Elaine M. Ross is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Ross holds degrees from Olivet College and Michigan State, and she received her Ph.D. in composition/music theory/administration from Texas Tech in 2005.

Dr. Ross joined the music theory faculty at Towson University in the fall of 2016 after three years at Ohio University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ross served as the chair of music theory at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and as the coordinator of music theory/composition at Central Washington University, where she administered all aspects of the theory curriculum for 350 majors, maintained a composition studio of 10-12 students, and served as a collaborative pianist for numerous faculty, guest artist, and student performances. Dr. Ross has also served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Michigan-Flint, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Her composition students have won regional awards for the past four consecutive years.

Dr. Ross’ research interests include both the creative aspect of composition and theory pedagog,y including instructional approaches, the comparison of teaching results for perfect/absolute pitch vs. non-perfect pitch musicians, and the compilation of several pedagogical workbooks.

As a composer, Dr. Ross has had numerous works selected for performances at Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), College Music Society (CMS), and Music Educators' Association (MEA) conferences. Notable recent compositions include: Canyons for woodwind quintet – premiered at CWU’s presidential inauguration concert in 2009 and winner of the Sinfonia National Woodwind Quintet Composition Competition in May of 2009; Neon Fanfare for trumpet ensemble, commissioned by the CWU trumpet club and selected for performance at both the National Trumpet Conference in 2010 and the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2011; and Moonstruck for percussion ensemble, performed at the 2013 SCI National Conference and the 2012 Northwest Percussion Conference. In addition, Wildfire for Symphonic Winds reached the quarterfinal round in the Coups de Vent International Wind Orchestra competition and was performed in 2008 in Lille, France.

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