Ross Baum

Ross Baum is a composer, performer, and music arranger born and raised in New York. His original work been seen on stages and screens across the country including Lincoln Center, NY City Center, Barrington Stage Company, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Billboard, Playbill, Lifetime, and the E! Network. During his two years at NYU, he participated in residencies at Goodspeed Opera House and Two River Theater, and was selected as winner of NY City Center’s Sondheim Remix contest. His original musical, GUN & POWDER (book & lyrics by Angelica Chéri), served as the inaugural workshop production for the new NYU-Tisch Center for New Musicals in October 2015 and will be developed at Signature Theatre’s SigWorks Musical Theatre Lab in August 2017. Ross composed original scores to ANNE FRANK: MY SECRET LIFE and A LETTER TO AUNTIE ROSA, which were commissioned by Diverging Elements Theatre Company. Also with Chéri, he was commissioned to write the official anthem for the National Children’s Theatre of South Africa and the score for her play, I Will Not Lie To David, to debut at the National Black Theatre in 2018.

Ross is the founder and music director of RANGE a cappella, through which he has provided vocal arrangements for Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Playbill, Billboard, the E! Network’s 2015 Oscars Live Red Carpet coverage, and performed with Kelly Clarkson at Radio City Music Hall. RANGE music videos have been viewed over 12.5 million times on YouTube, with Ross’s arrangement of Hamilton [in 7 minutes] at 3.5 million views and counting. Their debut studio album, RANGE volume one, is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

Regional/International performance credits include: Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, Vital Theatre Company, and Disney Cruise Line. Ross has also performed at NYC venues including Lincoln Center, NY City Center, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Highline Ballroom.

Ross also works regularly on projects by other composers, including Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, and Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk, for whom he served as Associate Vocal Arranger of THE BAD YEARS. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University, and is currently a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

About GUN & POWDER (current project)
Music by Ross Baum
Book and Lyrics by Angelica Chéri
GUN & POWDER is inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, fair-skinned African-American twin sisters who passed for White. According to family legend, the ladies were outlaws. The musical follows the girls’ journey into forsaking their true identity and becoming respected White women of the West. It is a story about defying social and racial bounds, the honor of family legacy, the bond of sisterhood and the power of identity.