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Elaine Ross

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

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Elaine Ross

Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Dr. Elaine M. Ross joined the music theory faculty at Ohio University in the Fall of 2013.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ross served as the chair of music theory at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA and as the coordinator of music theory/composition at Central Washington University where she administered all aspects of the music 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.  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 pedagogy including instructional approaches, the comparison of teaching results for perfect/absolute pitch vs. non-perfect pitch musicians, and the compilation of several pedagogical workbooks.  Dr. Ross has also served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Michigan-Flint, and Interlochen Arts Academy.  As a composer, Dr. Ross is published by Southern Music Company, Sisra Press, and Triplo Press and has had numerous works selected for performances at Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), College Music Society (CMS), and Music Educator's Association (MEA) conferences.  Notable recent compositions include:  Canyons for woodwind quintet - premiered at Central Washington University's (CWU) presidential inauguration concert in 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; The Presence for choir, selected for performance on the Opus 7 All Northwest Composer's Concert in Seattle 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.  A complete catalogue of Dr. Ross' works can be found at