Baritone Ben Ross is most happy when collaborating with other artists to create meaningful work that inspires action in audiences. Focusing on issues in gender, queer representation, and amplifying the voices of the unheard and underperformed, their work uses the world of contemporary classical music tell new stories. Comfortable in opera, choral music, art song, concert repertoire, early music, and musical theatre, they have been an active performer in the Chicago area appearing in roles with Thompson Street Opera, Transgressive Opera Theatre, KJR Studio Productions, Janus Concert Series, and The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago.
Ben is regularly engaged in work as an artist activist. As a founding member of Chicago Artists for Action, they have provided music for protests, activist gatherings, and peacebuiliding workshops throughout Illinois. They will also appear on an upcoming album from the Lynx Project, an organization that helps to amplify the poetry of primarily non-speaking autistic poets.
Ben has also been a member of several vocal ensembles throughout the Midwest including Common Pulse, Chicago Choral Artists, Vocal Artists of Iowa, and the Marion Consort. Other Midwestern appearances include performances as a featured soloist with the Southeastern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Fairfield Concert Association, and University of Iowa Orchestra.
Ben is currently an MM candidate, and the Graduate Assistant in Piano Technology at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. They are a student of William Sharp. Previously, they received their undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa with Stephen Swanson, where they were the recipient of the Eileen Muriello Memorial Scholarship.
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