Cantor Ross served as the cantor for Temple Beth El in Portland from 1999 to 2007. She fell in love with cantorial singing (hazzanut) while growing up at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA, and began working as a cantor while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music at Boston University. Upon graduation, she pursued a personal course of study, delving into any and all cantorial resources she could find. Cantor Ross became a member of the New England Board of Cantors in 1984 and was commissioned as a Hazzan by the Cantors Assembly in 2000. From 1995 to the present, Cantor Ross has served congregations in Massachusetts, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, Rhode Island and, of course, Maine.
Cantor Ross has written numerous compositions and choral arrangements for congregational, interfaith and choral groups. While in Maine, she produced an album of her own compositions entitled “Mostly Psalms,” a compilation of what she described as favorites in her congregation. “I think that psalms are the prayers of every human being. The texts are joyous, angry, exalted and afraid in turns; they remind us that the human experience reaches across time and place.” Upon her departure, one congregant spoke of her cantorial gift as “more than music — it is prayer, it is lament, it is sorrow, it is joy, it is celebration, and it is an expression of life itself — of the heart and of the soul.”
Cantor Ross and her husband David live in Rhode Island where Cantor Ross continues to compose and is working on completing her seventh novel under her pen name, Rose Grey.