Ryan Ross is the Director of Orchestras at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas and Principal Guest Conductor of the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra in Allen, Texas. He has been privileged to lead several TMEA Honor Orchestras, including the 2016 string orchestra at Plano West and the 2014 full orchestra at Jasper High School (the only non-varsity orchestra ever to earn that distinction). While the director at Plano West and Jasper his orchestras were the recipient of several additional awards, including being named National Winners of the Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors in 2014 and 2015, winning the 2013 and 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance, and placing as runner-up for the TMEA Honor String Orchestra competition. Prior to working in Plano, Mr. Ross taught at Lewisville HS (Lewisville ISD) and Williams MS (Rockwall ISD). In addition, he served for five years as Music Director of the East Texas Youth Orchestra in Tyler and four seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor for the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and its resident professional chamber ensemble, Ars Nova Dallas.
Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Mr. Ross earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Texas Tech University. His principal conducting teachers are Gary Lewis and Donald Schleicher, supplemented by additional study with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, and David Hoose.
Mr. Ross frequently guest conducts and clinics across Texas. Prior engagements include all-region and all-city orchestras around the state, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, and the Rose City Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Oregon. He holds membership in ASTA, TMEA, TODA, and TMAA, and he has presented clinics on multiple occasions at the annual conventions of TODA and TMEA.