Dr. Ryan Ross teaches music history and appreciation courses at Mississippi State University. Prior to his appointment at MSU, he served for three academic years as an adjunct instructor of music at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, as well as M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in musicology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively.
Dr. Ross’s scholarly interests center around 20th-century British and orchestral music. He has presented at a variety of conferences, both in the United States and overseas. In addition to his book reviews in multiple outlets, he has research articles published (or accepted for publication) in The Journal of the American Music Research Center, Carl Nielsen Studies, The Musical Times, The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, and Acta Musicologica, as well as an essay due to appear in the forthcoming volume Ralph Vaughan Williams in Context (Cambridge University Press). His reference book, Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Research and Information Guide, was published by Routledge in 2016. Dr. Ross is the operations manager of the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association, and he has also served as editor of the North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) reviews journal.