Katherine (Katie) Ross is a native of Virginia Beach and is a product of the outstanding music educators in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, graduating from Kempsville High School. She received her baccalaureate degree from West Virginia University and a Masters degree in Music Education from Old Dominion University.
Katie shapes future generations of young musicians as a Music Specialist at College Park Elementary School in Virginia Beach. She also teaches private lessons specializing in beginning and intermediate oboe players.
Let's ;earn more about Katie!
Q: How long have you been performing with VWS?
KR: Since 2012
Q: You grew up in this area. What role do you think VWS plays in the local music scene? What could we do differently/better?
KR: I really enjoy how VWS is comprised of local teachers and local military musicians. I get to play with people I've looked up to throughout my entire musical career. I also love the collaboration between the local music teachers. I've had the opportunity to work with many young oboe students because of my involvement in VWS.
Q: You specialize in teaching younger student/musicians. What do you find most gratifying about that?
KR: I enjoy watching them grow as musicians. Oboe isn't an instrument someone just picks up, it's an instrument that requires a level of passion and dedication (and a little insanity). I teach students who switch from another instrument, so I see their frustrations, their drive, their passion, and their triumphs. It's very gratifying to see my students succeed.
Q: In addition to your job and performing on the oboe, what do you do for fun?
KR: I love to bake and decorate cakes! I also love to workout (so I can eat cookies). I do crossfit a couple days a week and I run (walk) in many of the local 5K races with my mom.
Many people do not know that I marched a summer of drum corps. Because I am a woodwind player, I didn't think the activity was open to me. A few friends in college convinced me that I could do it so I picked up trumpet and made it into the Troopers.
I feel like you have to be a special kind of crazy to teach elementary school.
A photo of me and my summer elementary music camp students.
I love my job!