Ryan Ross is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional symphony orchestra in Texas, as well as Director of Orchestras at Plano West Senior High School. He has been privileged to lead three TMEA Honor Orchestras, including the 2018 full orchestra and 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 2014-2016 and winning the 2013, 2015, and 2016 American Prize for Orchestral Performance. 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 Larry Livingston.
Mr. Ross frequently guest conducts and clinics across Texas. Prior engagements include all-region and all-city orchestras around the state as well as clinics and concerts in Oklahoma, Florida, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Oregon. He holds membership in TMEA, TODA, and TMAA, and he has presented clinics on multiple occasions at the annual conventions of TODA and TMEA.