Ross was Visiting Composer at Wheaton College, Illinois (2007), Composer-in-Residence at Ireland's Waterford New Music Week (2003), and won young composer's awards in national competitions by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also received over 20 commissions through the CBC, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and the Canada Council.
Clark Ross grew up in Maracaibo and Caracas (Venezuela), Lima (Peru), Lennoxville (Quebec), New York City, Fort Lee (New Jersey), and Brussels (Belgium), moving to Toronto when he was seventeen to attend university. He holds BA (humanities), M.Mus. (composition), and Mus.Doc. (composition) degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as an ARCT in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music. His principal composition teachers were Samuel Dolin, John Beckwith, Ka Nin Chan, and Gustav Ciamaga. He has taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music, McMaster University, and, since 1992, Memorial University's School of Music, where he teaches composition, sixteenth- and eighteenth-century counterpoint, harmony, analysis, and electronic music, and he started the classical guitar programme. He was awarded Memorial University's President's Award for Outstanding Research (1999) in recognition of his extensive compositional activities .
He is married to Dr. Jennifer Porter (professor of Religion and Popular Culture, Memorial University), and has three children (Alexander, (b. 2004), Andrew (b. 2001), and Julia (b. 1990). His interests outside of family and music include baseball, cats, cooking, ethnic food, reading, writing short stories, and invigorating jumping dances.
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