Eastern Mennonite University

Joel Ross, tenor and countertenor, graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of science in music education with a concentration in voice. In 2011 he completed a master of music degree 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 as a countertenor and as a tenor 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. He also serves as the music director and writes and arranges music for Good Company.

Ross 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. He regularly composes and arranges music for the Strasburg High School String Ensemble and has submitted several of his works for publication. He also is the founder and administrator of “Shenandoah Summer Strings,” a week-long summer orchestra camp in Shenandoah County.

In addition to all of his musical activities, Ross enjoys coaching and playing soccer, cooking, reading, and spending time at home with his wife, Julianne, and their two sons.