Elaine Ross

Visiting Assistant Professor


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CA 2098


Dr. Elaine M. Ross joined the music theory faculty at Towson University in the Fall of 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ross was on the theory faculty at Ohio University, 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 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. She has collaborated with such artists as Toby Oft, principal trombone of the Boston Symphony, Harry Watters, premiere jazz trombonist of the army blues (ret.), world renowned clarinetist Fred Ormand, and internationally acclaimed hornist Frank Lloyd, to name a few.  Dr. Ross’ research interests include both the creative aspect of composition, where she maintains an active commissioning/clinic schedule, 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, she 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 College National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) conferences.  A complete catalogue of Dr. Ross’ works can be found at www.elainemross.com.