Jana Vander Schaaf Ross

Violin, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra

Assistant Concertmaster, Week 4



Violinist Jana Vander Schaaf Ross is an active performer and teacher in central Ohio. She is the concertmaster of Opera Project Columbus and an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Jana Ross is the violinist of the Prospero Trio with Nick Ross, piano, and Wesley Baldwin, cello. Their CD of the chamber music of Arthur Honegger will be released by Centaur Records this fall. It will include his piano trio, first sonata for violin and piano, and sonatina for violin and piano.

As a teacher, Jana Ross currently serves on the faculty of Chamber Music Connection. She also volunteers her time to run a weekly Violin Club for students at Emerson Elementary School after a failed levy necessitated cutting the strings program there. Ross is currently pursuing her teaching licensure at Otterbein University in order to make an even greater impact on the next generation of music makers. Ross has previously served on the faculty of Otterbein, Hollins, and Texas A&M Universities, Sweet Briar, Randolph, and Del Mar Colleges. 

While residing in Virginia for ten years Jana Ross served as concertmaster of Opera on the James and principal second violin of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke. She also appeared as a soloist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and frequently filled in as acting concertmaster. Ross was the violinist of the James Piano Quartet who were artists in residence at Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. She recorded Arthur Honegger's song cycle Pâques à New York with Claudia Patacca, soprano, for Centaur Records in 2012. Prior to that she spent two years as a tenured member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Summit String Quartet in Denver. 

Jana Ross began her study of the violin at age 3 through the Suzuki method at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts with Rose Martin. She received her bachelor and master of music degrees in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University, respectively, where her principal teachers were Taras Gabora and Sergiu Luca. She also studied with Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival. She spent other summers studying and performing as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival and as concertmaster and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Throughout her career Jana Ross has enjoyed performing in multiple styles including classical, big band, bluegrass, rock, pop, folk, tango and jazz. She appears on American songwriter Morgan Treni's album The Dreamer and Other Essays. Ross moved to the Columbus area in the fall of 2012 with her husband, Nick Ross, Head of Keyboard Studies at Otterbein University, and two sons. She and husband, Nick, perform regularly together and have given recitals in The Netherlands, Ireland, as well as Phoenix, Houston, Columbus, and Wintergreen in the US. This year marks her eleventh season teaching and performing at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy.