Horn player Kelsey Ross is an active performer and educator currently based in Chicago as a fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Kelsey earned both her M.M. and B.M. degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as a student of Denise Tryon. While in school, she recorded the music of acclaimed American composers Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis under the direction of Marin Alsop as well as works by emerging composers with the Peabody Wind Ensemble for Naxos Records. She was also a founding member of both the Brassanova Brass Quintet and Harbor City Wind Quintet, innovative ensembles that used creative concert formats to reach new audiences in the Baltimore area. A firm believer in music’s ability to effect social change, Kelsey has worked with the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program as a teaching assistant and has also held teaching positions with the Peabody Preparatory and Baltimore School for the Arts.
Kelsey spent her summer at the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with Andrew Bain, Erik Ralske, and Kevin Rivard. Recently, Kelsey made her Carnegie Hall debut performing with the New York String Orchestra under conductor Jaime Laredo and also has participated in the Domaine Forget summer festival in Quebec. She has played in masterclasses with David Cooper, Radovan Vlatkovic, Froydis Ree Wekre, Gail Williams, Barry Tuckwell, Abel Pereira, and the American Horn Quartet.