Musical Theatre (College)
Ross Patterson’s career in music has been as varied and eclectic as the many styles he loves to play. After completing his studies at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ross spent two years on the road as Musical Director for the Ice Capades before heading to NYC. There he quickly became one of the most sought after pianists by singers. This led to Ross musical directing, arranging and recording for many of the top cabaret artists in New York. He has been honored twice with the Backstage Bistro Award for outstanding musical direction.
Ross was the arranger for Noah Racey’s Pulse, starring Noah Racey and directed by Jeff Calhoun, which was performed at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
For the past sixteen years Ross has been the arranger, musical director and band leader for the critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year concert series at The Town Hall, as well as for the Broadway Unplugged series, also at The Town Hall. Ross has collaborated with choreographers Noah Racey, Josh Prince and Lorin Lattaro for productions of All Singin’ All Dancin’, also for Town Hall. For all these concerts he is joined on stage by his band, the Ross Patterson Little Big Band. For his work, Ross was honored by Donald Smith and the Mabel Mercer Foundation with the first ever Bart Howard Award..
Ross wrote the musical Cruel Shoes with writer David Simpatico, and is currently working on two additional writing projects. Ross was also a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
He is also excited to have recorded his solo piano concert CD, 8 Themes for Living, at St. Paul’s Chapel in NYC. Ross is married to his amazing wife, Elissa, and most proud to be the father of three beautiful children.