Co-Director of The Cantabile Boys Choir
Trained at the University of Calgary, the Banff School of Fine Arts, the University of Toronto and Acadia University, Ross’s multi-faceted career has included opera, musical theatre, choral direction, voice instruction, public school teaching, composition, arts administration and event production.
Since arriving in Nova Scotia, he led the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, led the Cantabile Singers of Truro and during that time, established the Cantabile Boys Choir and the Spotlight Musical Theatre program. More recently he has prepared the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and is a regular guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator for numerous choral camps, workshops, festivals, juries and clinics throughout the Maritimes. He is currently artistic
director of the Coastal Voices Mens’ Choir and has returned as co-director of the Cantabile Boys’ Choir.
As a soloist, Ross has performed with opera companies and symphony orchestras across Canada (Vancouver, Winnipeg, St. John, Calgary, Edmonton, Windsor, Hamilton). Appearances with Symphony Nova Scotia have included "Madama Butterfly", "HMS Pinafore", "The Gondoliers", and Bach's beautiful cantatas "Ich habe genung" and the "Coffee Cantata". He is featured with the "Rhapsody Quintet" on their first CD, “The Melody Lingers On”. More recently, he appeared in the Vocalypse productions of “Trudeau”, “Ghost Tango” (world premier) SandyMoore’s new opera based on the life of Mona Parsons (world premier) and Maritime Concert Opera productions of “Mikado” and “Pirates of Penzance.
Composing credits include Wolfville’s long-running Christmas Show, “Fezziwig’s Family Christmas Frolic”; the musicals “Belinda the Bicycle Witch” and “Lost and
Found”, co-written with his sister, Shelley Thompson (Festival Antigonish); and numerous choral selections.
During his 20 year public school teaching career, he was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002. Ross’s commitment to sharing his love of song flows from his belief that music is a deeply satisfying means of learning and creating interpersonal connections.