Photo by Hannah Corneau
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, directed by Robert O’Hara. 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'm releasing my debut EP in early 2022, featuring the single "Keeper" out now.
As a VOCAL ARRANGER + 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
vocal arranger + producer
My client, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, was launching an internal podcast to keep the company up-to-date on this new product's performance. They wanted a theme song / jingle inspired by 1990's radio station jingles. Ross completely over-delivered. He provided two options that knocked the client's socks off. Not only did he write the song, he scored it and recorded it for us in record time. He's a total one-stop-shop and a joy to work with.
- Jason Gloye, SVP, Managing
Director FCB Health New York
ross baum Vocal studio
As a vocal coach and teacher, I draw on my expansive background as a performer, composer, vocal producer, and music director to offer the most personalized and tailored experience possible. I want to hear what you need, and we can tackle your material from every angle - from technique to musicianship to interpretation and acting. My clients have booked roles on Broadway (Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, My Fair Lady, Chicago, War Paint), National Tours (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rent, The Band's Visit), and regionally as a direct result of our work together. And as the best teachers are also the best students, I recently received my voice teacher certification through New York Vocal Coaching to deepen my own knowledge of the human voice. I currently teach voice at Syracuse University's Department of Drama.
I offer lessons and coachings over Zoom worldwide or in-person for vaccinated New Yorkers.
I am proud to call myself a one-stop shop for all things vocal.
So take a look below at everything I offer, and let's see how I can help you.
Have an audition, callback, or performance coming up? Let's prepare!
Work on vocal technique and strengthening the muscles of your voice.
Hire me to arrange vocals for any project, whether it's a song, concert, album, or entire musical.
I'll meet you wherever you're recording, lend you my ears and we'll capture the best vocal performance possible.
Record songs in my home studio and I will edit, mix, and master the tracks.
Custom Arrangement or Orchestration:
Let me help you bring your musical ideas to life.
Hire me to sing or assemble a group of singers for your session. Or I can arrange and record my own background vocals for you remotely.
With over 10 years of experience on Logic Pro X, I can teach you the basics to set you up for your own personal recording success.
*Some in-person services not currently available*
Photo by Sammy Lopez
Ross has helped me achieve dreams within my career that I never thought would be possible. His musicianship, passion, precision and immense support as an artist towards other artists is unparalleled. I will always relish in the opportunity to work with him.
- Hannah Corneau,
Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway
Ross is one of the greatest vocal coaches I have had the pleasure of working with. Whenever I leave a session with him I feel prepared, confident and comfortable with the material so I can go into the audition and focus on telling the story.
- Sara Kapner,
The Band's Visit National Tour
Ross is always my number one pick for coaching musical selections and has helped me book three Broadway shows. Not only is he an incredibly proficient musician, but he’s dedicated to storytelling and a master of vocal stylings — a combination that challenges me to crystallize my intention and work towards it honestly. In addition to his great knowledge and talent, his energy is warm and relaxed, which always makes me feel at ease and comfortable to take risks in my exploration of the material.
- Mary Claire King,
Chicago on Broadway