Jana Vander Schaaf Ross

Violin, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra



Violinist Jana Vander Schaaf Ross is an active performer and teacher in central Ohio. She just completed her first year as orchestra director for Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools. Previously, she was the concertmaster of Opera Project Columbus and an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has also served on the faculty of Chamber Music Connection, 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 released a CD of the chamber music of Arthur Honegger in 2015 as a member of the Prospero Trio with Nick Ross, piano, and Wesley Baldwin, cello. She also 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 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 twelfth season teaching and performing at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy.