Dr. Ross Ahlhorn currently serves as adjunct instructor of music at James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, and Southern Virginia University, where he teaches applied trumpet and horn. In addition to his teaching schedule, Ross holds the principal trumpet chair of the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra in Waynesboro, Virginia, and maintains an active freelance presence in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia region. Recent performances have been with the acclaimed Staunton Music Festival Orchestra in Staunton, Virginia, the Madison Brass, the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, the Massanutten Brass Band, and the Shenandoah-University Symphony Orchestra in Lexington, Virginia.
Ross has performed as assistant solo cornetist in the Salt River Brass, both principal and second trumpet in the Musica Nova Orchestra of Scottsdale, Arizona. Other important performances include soloist and principal orchestral roles at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, and the 2013 and 2017 International Trumpet Guild Annual Conferences.
In 2016, Ross completed the Doctor of Musical Arts at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he served as graduate assistant. In addition to his studies at JMU, he taught undergraduate trumpet lessons and a general music appreciation class. His educational background includes a Masters of Music from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Music in from Baylor University. Primary teachers include, Ryan Gardner, Wiff Rudd, David Hickman, and Chris Carrillo