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 Essay, by the Juilliard Orchestra and Jeffrey Milarsky; a staged version of Three Whitman Songs, for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble, by the Secret Opera; Tied by a chance bond together, for violin and piano, by the New York Composers Circle; and the premiere of Landscape with Rain, for four-hands piano, by the American Festival for the Arts.

A native of Houston, Mr. Griffey earned a Bachelor of Music in 2012 from Rice University, where his composition teachers included Drs. Pierre Jalbert and Shih-Hui Chen. He then earned a Master of Music in 2014 from the Juilliard School, studying with Dr. Samuel Adler, and recently finished his residency as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard, studying with Dr. Robert Beaser. Mr. Griffey is currently completing his doctoral degree, for which he is writing a dissertation on funding for composers from the National Endowment for the Arts.