Joel Ross, tenor and countertenor, began his musical training at an early age, studying piano, violin, and trumpet, and singing in choirs. He continued through high school to develop his musicianship, participating in numerous ensembles, both instrumental and vocal.
He began exploring countertenor singing in voice lessons in college, and presented two standards of countertenor literature in his senior recital. After four years of undergraduate studies, made very enjoyable by the numerous opportunities for musical performance, he graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. with a B.S. in Music Education with a concentration in voice.
Mr. Ross performs as a countertenor on occasion with several professional choirs in Washington, D.C., including Chantry, an early music ensemble, and the National Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael McCarthy. He is also a member of Sons of the Day, a male a cappella septet based in Harrisonburg, VA.
Mr. Ross teaches in Shenandoah County, and directs the Signal Knob Middle School Chorus and String Orchestra and the Strasburg High School String Orchestra.