Ross Wixon is a professional musician in the Washington, D.C. area, specializing in music composition and trumpet performance. As a composer, Ross tackles a wide range of genres, from concert works to music for video games. He recently completed a new work for the Illinois-based brass octet Transit Brass entitled Rapid Transit, which will be released on Transit's forthcoming debut album. Ross's large orchestral work, In Leviathan's Wake, took First Prize in the 2016 Walter Summer Award for Composition at the University of Maryland and was premiered in May 2017. His composition for solo trombone and string orchestra, Sparkling Dialogue, was written for and recorded by Bryan Bourne on his 2016 solo CD, Transitions. A complete list of Ross's works and commissions is available under the "Concert Works" link.
As a trumpet player, Ross performs solo, orchestral, and chamber repertoire. In 2012, he completed his debut recording, A Trumpeter's Wedding, with organist Roberto Vela, and he previously recorded rarely heard Baroque works with notable trumpeters Jeffrey Silberschlag and Andrew Balio. His article, "The Trumpet in Mahler's and Strauss's Orchestral Music of Resurrection," appears in the January 2016 issue of theInternational Trumpet Guild Journal. To hear samples of Ross's playing, click the "Trumpet" link.
Ross Wixon earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied with Robert Gibson and David Froom. He also holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Ross has taught music courses at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the University of Maryland, the Community College of Baltimore County, Coppin State University, and Western Michigan University. He is also a founding member of the District New Music Coalition, a contemporary performance and networking catalyst. Alongside his creative pursuits, Ross is the Marketing Director for Washington Revels, a DC-based arts non-profit dedicated to the celebration of cultural traditions.