Musician Profile: Laura Ross, 2nd violin, joined in 1984, from Royal Oak, Michigan

Laura Ross, 2nd violin, joined in 1984, from Royal Oak, Michigan

Laura Ross, 2nd violin, joined in 1984, from Royal Oak, Michigan

Things to know about me – I’m the product of a Michigan public education, love history, and have lived in Nashville longer than the Wolverine state.

In Michigan, we had lots of performing arts programs in my public schools; and I played in excellent youth and community orchestras in junior high and high school. I spent eight summers at one of Michigan’s two world-renowned music camps; and attended one of the top university music schools in the country at the University of Michigan.

Playing in the NSO has brought me full circle. To prove how small the music field is, there are seven NSO musicians (including me) and a couple NSO kids and staff members who attended the University of Michigan. NSO cellist Lynn Peithman and I grew up together playing in youth orchestra and later, in U of M’s Honors Quartet. I recently discovered that an NSO musician, a staff member, and I were born in the same hospital!

I’ve been learning about, and representing, orchestras since 1989. I have been serving as secretary of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) that represents the top 52 U.S. ballet, opera and symphony orchestras since 2002. My friend Julie Ayer wrote the book in my photo – a history of the founding of ICSOM.

Nashville has grown into a wonderful and diverse city with yummy restaurants representing many cultures. Spring is beautiful and I love the flowers and trees in my garden but I could do without the pollen! I’m a proud East Nashville resident but do stray to the west side to sing in St. George’s choir. Nashville has so much to offer – friends, food, culture – it can only get better!

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