Cantor Ruth Ross graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in vocal music from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 1984.  Her vocal studies with Shirlee Emmons and Robert Gartside at Boston University and her subsequent private studies with Mary Wolfman, Pat Stedry and Judith James enhanced her understanding of vocal technique. 

She has studied composition with Joe Packales and choral conducting with Robert Russell.   Her studies with Joe Packales culminated in the production of her CD, Mostly Psalms, a collection of her own compositions.  Mostly Psalms is widely available online.  Her work with Robert Russell gave Cantor Ross the skills necessary to conduct volunteer choirs for over twelve years.  During this period she composed and arranged numerous choral pieces to suit her choirs’ needs.  Cantor Ross’ choral compositions are notable for their accessibility and fair allocation of melody lines between parts.

In addition to choral pieces, Cantor Ross has composed a substantial collection of songs for children and adults.  Her many years of experience working with children as both clergy and elementary teacher make her compositions for children engaging but not cloying.  These really are Songs Kids Like To Sing.  Her songs for adults encompass settings of classic poetry as well as her own lyrics.

Cantor Ross’ compositions have been published in the Hazzan’s Manual (a clergy resource book), in Zamru Lo – Next Generation (a collection of contemporary Jewish pieces for clergy and congregational use), and in a collection of especially composed melodies created to illuminate the texts of Siddur Lev Shalem. In addition, her song Lo Amut was one of only eighteen compositions featured in the Cantors Assembly Seventy Fifth Anniversary Commemorative Album.

Sheet music for Cantor Ross’ compositions is available online.  Click a button below to explore…