Joel Ross graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA with a B.S. in Music Education with a concentration in voice. In 2011 he completed a Master’s in Music in Conducting at Shenandoah Conservatory. While at Shenandoah, he studied conducting with Karen Keating and Deen Entsminger and voice with Michael Forest. He has performed with several professional choirs in Washington, D.C., including Chantry, an early music ensemble, and the National Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael McCarthy. He spent six years singing with Sons of the Day, an all-male a cappella septet, and currently sings in Good Company, a semi-professional a cappella sextet based in Harrisonburg, VA. He also serves as the music director and writes and arranges music for Good Company.
Joel teaches in Shenandoah County, where he directs the string orchestra programs at Signal Knob Middle School and Strasburg High School and teaches AP Music Theory and Musical Theatre. He also regularly composes and arranges music for the Strasburg High School String Ensemble. He is the founder and administrator of “Shenandoah Summer Strings,” a week-long summer orchestra camp in Shenandoah County. Under Joel’s direction, the Signal Knob and Strasburg orchestras have received exclusively “superior” and “excellent” ratings at District Concert Assessment for the past 10 years. In 2014, Joel was presented with the John D. Hodson Academic Service Award, an honor given to one person each year for outstanding contributions to academic excellence at Strasburg High School.
In addition to all of his musical activities, Joel enjoys coaching and playing soccer, cooking, reading, and spending time at home with his wife, Julianne, and their two sons, Cedric and Elias.