Ross Choral Department Staff
Mrs. Ruth Whatley, Choral Director - Ross Local Schools
Mrs. Ruth Whatley is in her third year as the Ross Middle School Choral Director. She has the privilege to work with the middle school choirs and general music classes as well as Symphonic Chorale, Pure Harmony, Legacy Show Choir, and the award-winning middle school show choir, Next Generation. In addition, Ruth also works as the Director of Music Ministries at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Centerville, Ohio. With this choir, she has conducted works such as the Rutter Requiem and Handel Messiah.
Ruth came to Ross after teaching three years at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio. There, she was the Coordinator of Choir and Performing Arts Department Chair. In addition, she taught courses in Music Technology, Songwriting, Evolution of Popular Culture Music, and Rock Band. She was the music director and conductor for On the Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 101 Dalmatians Kids, and Aladdin Kids. Both of her middle and upper school a cappella groups have been professionally recorded and the upper school group, Ars Nova, advanced to finals in the International Championship of High School A Cappella 2017 placing 5th in the nation. Throughout their two-year history in this competition, they won Outstanding Choreography awards three different times. Most notably, Ars Nova has been nominated for three Contemporary A Cappella Awards and have won two Hermes Advertising Awards for the music video Freedom.
Mrs. Whatley is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She actively works as a clinician in the Cincinnati and Dayton area.
Mrs. Brenda Hartman, RMS/RHS Accompanist
Mrs. Brenda Hartman began her role as accompanist for Ross in 2013. She also serves as accompanist for Wyoming High School and Middle School. Prior to coming to Ross, Brenda was on staff at Finneytown for 9 years. She has also accompanied all over Cincinnati at other schools including SCPA, Highlands High School in KY, Winton Woods, Goshen, Forest Hills, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, as well as for Cincinnati Youth Choir (CYC) and Northern Kentucky University. In addition to her school duties, she is a music director for Modern Worship at Northminster Presbyterian Church and All Saints Catholic Church and also teaches piano lessons.
In addition to being a pianist, she has an extensive history as a vocalist. Brenda has performed under the batons of Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, and John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops and the US Army Jazz Ambassadors as one of the Andrews Sisters, and also with the Pops with the professional vocal jazz group VocalEase, which she founded. These opportunities awarded her travels with the Pops to Cleveland and NYC's Carnegie Hall, as well as many regional performances. Artists she has had the privilege of singing with include such greats as Mel Torme', Patti Page, Sandy Patti, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Peabo Bryson, and Doc Severinsen. She also sang with Cincinnati's May Festival Chorus for 10 years, under such choral greats as Robert Shaw, Robert Porco, and James Conlon.
Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with an emphasis in piano from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She also studied at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where she had the opportunity to travel extensively for two years as a member of Re-Creation, an 8 voice vocal group that primarily served as entertainers to hospitalized US Veterans throughout the country.
Mr. Jarad Voss, Legacy Choreographer
Mr. Jarad Voss is currently based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Jarad has been professionally choreographing and teaching since 2004. Most of Jarad's year includes creating, staging, instructing, and motivating high school kids through competitive show choir. The creation of friendships and the unique ability to bring together a community are the foundations of his commitment to kids and schools.
Instruction at non-competitive festivals includes Show Choir Camps of America Illinois, Show Choir Camps of America Ohio, Show Choir Camp Europe, University of Nebraska Show Choir Camp, and Hal Leonard workshops. He would like to thank Paul Gulsvig, Dwight Jordan, And Kye Brackett for teaching him more than music.
Mrs. Victoria Brindis, Legacy Choreographer
Mrs. Victoria Brindis is originally a Connecticut native who now resides in Los Angeles, California. She is a professional freelance show choir choreographer/dancer who has worked on Tokyo Disney's Little Mermaid, Mixology (season one), LA Fashion Week, music videos, and many other fun projects. She works as a show choir choreographer for many different groups from Ohio, to Boston, to Iowa, to sunny California.
She has studied dance for 20 years, from many different universities, choreographers, and dance studios. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she received her BA in Spanish Language and Culture with a minor in dance. She is proud to be a first-year member of the Legacy family!