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Barry Ross

Assistant Conductor

Dr. Barry Ross KSO Assistant Conductor Barry Ross is Professor Emeritus of Music at Kalamazoo College, where he taught strings and conducted the Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of the KSO in 1987, and, in May 2004, he completed his 32-year career as Concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Ross graduated magna cum laude from the Hartt School of Music and holds a Master's Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale University School of Music, where he served as Concertmaster of the Yale Collegium Musicum.

As Assistant Conductor of the KSO, Dr. Ross helped establish the Kalamazoo Symphony Chamber Orchestra Sunday Classics Series at Kalamazoo College and was a frequent conductor and soloist with that ensemble. In 1990 he founded the Family Discovery Series for young audiences.

Dr. Ross was honored by the Arts Council and City of Kalamazoo as the first recipient of its Community Medal of Arts Award. In 1994 he received the Lucasse Award at Kalamazoo College for excellence in creative achievement. A frequent speaker on music and music making, he has addressed the American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductor's Guild National Conference. His critically acclaimed book, A Violinist's Guide for Exquisite Intonation, is published by Theodore Presser under the auspices of the American String Teachers Association.

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