UCF Music Department
Ross Monroe Winter

Ross Monroe Winter

  • Assistant Professor

Ross.Winter@ucf.edu
Campus Location: PACM233
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Violinist Ross Monroe Winter's career spans four continents and multiple genres as soloist; chamber, orchestral, opera, and ballet musician; educator; as well as work in film and television. These eclectic experiences guide his pedagogy in mentoring the next generation of 21st century working-musicians.

A devoted teacher for two decades, Dr. Winter is a violin professor at the University of Central Florida's School of Performing Arts in Orlando. During the summers, he teaches violin and chamber music at the Wintergreen Music Festival & Academy where he has also served as Academy Director. He is on the violin and chamber music faculty at The Orchestra Project: a festival jointly produced by VCU and the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. He also founded and served as Artistic Director of the Midwest Violin Caucus, a yearly event that brings notable pedagogues and students from five states to Iowa for workshops, masterclasses, and concerts.

Previously he has been on the string faculties of the University of Northern Iowa, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, and New England Conservatory Preparatory School and “Festival Youth Orchestra” Summer Institute. He has given masterclasses at the University of North Texas, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Penn State University, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, The Boston Conservatory, and University of North Carolina-Greensboro among many others. His students have gone on to pursue meaningful careers including winning auditions in professional American symphony orchestras, serving as public and private school orchestra directors, holding university teaching positions, and as successful freelancers. 

As a soloist, he has enjoyed performing with multiple orchestras in the United States, Brazil, and China. Frequently collaborating in double concertos, highlights of recent concerts include Anna Clyne's "Prince of Clouds" for two violins performed with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond and conductor Laura Jackson, as well as Mozart’s “Concertone” for two violins performed with Juilliard violin professor Laurie Smukler and conductor Rebecca Burkhardt. Always seeking to explore new works, he has given the Asian premiere of Daron Hagen’s Concerto for Violin “Songbook” in 2018 and the world premiere of John Frantzen's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association southern division conference in Louisiana in 2020.

Having held full-time orchestral positions, Dr. Winter’s career began as a symphonic musician and he continues to actively perform with ensembles around the country. Currently he is a member of the Richmond Symphony (VA), the IRIS Orchestra (TN), associate concertmaster of The Venice Symphony (FL), and principal second violin of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He has previously been a core member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and has been a regular substitute with the National (Washington, DC), Milwaukee, Baltimore, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Alabama, and New Jersey symphony orchestras. Frequently performing as a guest concertmaster, he has filled that role often with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Dubuque Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, La Crosse Symphony orchestras, and spent two seasons as the interim associate concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Immersed in chamber music, he is the violinist of the Orlando Piano Trio and is frequently heard in recital, as a guest with numerous ensembles, and in the summers as a member of the Wintergreen Chamber Players. He was a founding member of the award-winning Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, which has been ensemble-in-residence at WCVE Public Radio and at the Lake George Music Festival. He has performed at the festivals of Aspen, Santo Domingo, Todi, Maastricht, Sichuan, Cedar Valley Chamber Music, Virginia Arts, and Music at Penn's Woods.

Dr. Winter holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, and a Master of Music from the State University of New York Purchase College-Conservatory of Music with Laurie Smukler as a graduate assistant. He completed his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with Jody Gatwood. Other principal teachers include Sylvia Rosenberg, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.

His most notable student has been Robert Downey, Jr. for the Warner Bros. film Sherlock Holmes (2009) while also playing the role of “Violinist”. Other tastes of Hollywood include roles as a featured performer in Sex and the City 2 (2010), Taylor Swift's NBC Thanksgiving Special (2010), HBO's series Mildred Pierce (2011) starring Kate Winslet, the BET Honors with Aretha Franklin (2014), and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012). He also spent time working on the USA Network series Royal Pains as an advisor and tutoring guest star Sami Gayle for the episode “A History of Violins” (2011). Recordings for Albany Records, Sono Luminus, AAM Recordings, and Naxos.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10630 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10504 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10367 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10372 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10377 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10555 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10382 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16687 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16748 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80699 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80553 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80558 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80564 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80570 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80796 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80576 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
82147 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
82148 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
17455 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17299 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17124 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17129 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
20743 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17134 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17364 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17139 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
20824 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
20825 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92227 MUL4437 String Literature and Pedagogy Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Not Online
No Description Available
92228 MUL5439 String Literature and Pedagogy Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89334 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89339 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89345 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89351 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89598 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89357 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
93019 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
93020 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

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