2010 Lekhu Neranena
Robert Ross was born in Philadelphia and remains active in the music scene there. He received a Bachelor’s degree in music education, and Master’s degrees in choral conducting and composition, all from Temple University. He is Artistic and Music Director of Voces Novae et Antiquae (a professional choral ensemble in Philadelphia), and Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of the Yavneh Ensemble (a Philadelphia Jewish chorus). He is a professional chorister and assistant to the cantor at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, and for ten years served as Music Director of the Mak’helat Beth Sholom at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is Associate Conductor of the Lady Chapel Singers of the Women’s Sacred Music Project in Philadelphia and is chair of the music department of Community College of Philadelphia, where he teaches theory and music history, as well as directing the CCP Vocal Ensemble. His compositional catalog numbers well over a hundred works, including choral works, cantatas, symphonies, instrumental chamber works, and experimental pieces. His work has been published by Coronet Press, Theodore Presser Company, Thomas House and Psalm 150 Publications (both now represented by Hal Leonard), Oxford University Press, and Laurendale Associates. His works have been recorded on the Premier label by the Gregg Smith Singers and the Arkay label by Voces Novae et Antiquae. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions. www.robertamross.com