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Hi, I'm ross, and I do a lot of different things.
As a MUSICAL THEATRE WRITER, I’ve created the musical GUN & POWDER with playwright Angelica Chéri which had a sold out run at DC’s Signature Theatre. The Washington Post heralded the production as "fresh and exciting" and "an exhilarating musical in a marvelously sung world premiere." Other highlights along the way have included the NAMT Festival, Lincoln Center’s Broadway’s Future Songbook series, and the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award. I'm currently writing the new original musical ESCAPELAND with playwright Charlie Oh.
As a VOCALIST + POP WRITER, I’ve performed all over NYC including Lincoln Center, City Center, Joe’s Pub, SubCulture, and Radio City Music Hall with Kelly Clarkson. I’m always available for concerts, demo work, background vocals, and writing/recording sessions. I just released my debut EP Three Red Hearts, available wherever you stream your music.
As a VOCAL ARRANGER + MUSIC PRODUCER, I work across every medium of entertainment to create content that satisfies the ears and the soul. As a founder of the music collective RANGE I’ve led projects for Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Billboard, Playbill, the E! Network, and a YouTube channel totaling over 30 million views. Our studio album RANGE volume one is available on iTunes and Spotify. I also enjoy working as an arranger and producer for other artists on their own projects.
As a COMPOSER + ORCHESTRATOR, I create music for plays, webseries, podcasts, jingles, cruise liners, ad agencies, corporate brands, and more. One of my proudest achievements was was producing the epic mash-up that “dropkicked” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s heart.
As a VOICE COACH + TEACHER, I've helped my clients book roles on Broadway (DEAR EVAN HANSEN, WICKED, MY FAIR LADY, CHICAGO, WAR PAINT), National Tours (HEDWIG, RENT), and regionally. I’ve also worked as a vocal director for leading cruise companies and, as the best teachers are also the best students, I received my voice teacher certification through New York Vocal Coaching. I currently teach voice at Syracuse University's Department of Drama and offer one-on-one sessions through my vocal studio.
My training includes an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU, BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
So get in touch and let’s see if we can collaborate together on something awesome.
Photo: Andy Henderson
Gun & powder
Watch a sneak peek of GUN & POWDER at Signature Theatre
Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. With music by Ross Baum and book & lyrics by Angelica Chéri, Gun & Powder received the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award and played a sold out run at DC's Tony-winning Signature Theatre in Feburary 2020.
Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman starred as Mary & Martha Clarke, African American twins who pass themselves as White to help settle their mother's sharecropper debt and seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men.
Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Slave Play) directed this soaring musical that examines race, family and identity with two electrifying women who went from farm girls to legends with gun and powder.
Ross Baum & Angelica Chéri
Photo by Andy Henderson
Praise for Gun & Powder at Signature Theatre:
"An exhilarating musical in a marvelously sung world premiere." - Washington Post
"A provocative stunner that illuminates coming to terms with who one is and one’s personal truth. Gun & Powder is unafraid. It does not pull punches." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"★★★★★... hands-down one of the best musicals I’ve seen in the past decade, with vocal performances that will leave you breathless. Baum’s inspiring score exhibits rare, exhilarating, talent." - DC Theatre Scene
"One of the best theatrical experiences you will ever have...Mark my words Chéri and Baum are the next big writing team for musical theatre. Go see this show and say 'I knew them before they were famous.' You won't regret doing so." - BroadwayWorld