American composer Ross S. Griffey is the recipient of several national and regional awards, including an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, first prize in the Voices of Change/ Dallas Symphony Orchestra Texas Young Composers Project, and winner of the New York Composers Circle Competition. Recent and notable performances of his work include the premiere of Essay, for orchestra, by the Juilliard Orchestra and Jeffrey Milarsky; a staged version of Three Whitman Songs, for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble,by the Secret Opera; and a performance of A Catalogue of Agonies as part of an installation piece by the California-based artist and musician Julie Zhu. As a composer, Mr. Griffey has participated in festivals including June in Buffalo, in New York, and the ConservatoireConservatoire Américain, in Fontainebleau, France, and as a writer he attended the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism in San Francisco in 2016.
A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Griffey studied first at Rice University, with composers Pierre Jalbert and Shih-Hui Chen, and later at the Juilliard School, with composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Mr. Griffey recently earned his doctorate from Juilliard, authoring an award-winning dissertation on support for composers by the National Endowment for the Arts.Mr. Griffey is currently the Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow in Music at the Bodleian Libraries, where he is researching nineteenth-century arctic exploration in preparation for writing a new song cycle for the Oxford Lieder Festival. His other active projects include a new work for chamber orchestra that will be premiered in New York by Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble in April 2019.