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 work centers around, but is not limited to, 20th-century British 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 Acta Musicologica, Fontes Artis Musicae, The Musical Times, Carl Nielsen Studies, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, and the American Music Research Center Journal, as well as an essay due to appear in the forthcoming volume 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.