Cantor Ross fell in love with cantorial singing (hazzanut) while growing up at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA, and began working as a cantor while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music at Boston University. Upon graduation, she pursued a personal course of study, delving into any and all cantorial resources she could find. Cantor Ross became a member of the New England Board of Cantors in 1984 and was commissioned as a Hazzan by the Cantors Assembly in 2000.  From 1995 to the present, Cantor Ross has served congregations in Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, and Rhode Island.

Cantor Ross has written numerous compositions and choral arrangements for congregational, interfaith and choral groups. She produced an album of her own compositions entitled “Mostly Psalms,” a compilation of what she described as favorites in her congregation.  “I think that psalms are the prayers of every human being. The texts are joyous, angry, exalted and afraid in turns; they remind us that the human experience reaches across time and place.” Upon her departure, one congregant spoke of her cantorial gift as “more than music — it is prayer, it is lament, it is sorrow, it is joy, it is celebration, and it is an expression of life itself — of the heart and of the soul.” 

Cantor Ross currently resides in Rhode Island with her husband David, and is working on a seventh novel under her pen name, Rose Grey.

A sampling of congregational response:

  • “I want you to know how much your beautiful voice, your joy and your knowledge blesses our congregation each week.  We are so very blessed to have you as our Cantor and to have you and your family among us.” – Marilyn Westerfield, congregant
  • “Our sincere thanks for your kindness and love during the time of Dad’s passing.  Your participation at his funeral was deeply moving and comforting.  I’ll never forget your visit with him in the hospital.  It was one of the last moments of his earthly consciousness, and how wonderful for him to be able to hear you sing the songs and prayers he loved so much!  God Bless you!”  David Byers, son of congregant
  • “Thank you for all you have done to help us through this time of mourning for our son, Ryan.  Hearing your voice on Shabbat and during the morning minyan lifts our spirits and eases the start of each day.  Our son Jacob (age 3) truly enjoys his synagogue experience and we’ve heard him singing along most mornings!” – The Solomons, congregants