Ernest Gross | Judson University Christian College

Ernest Gross Profile

Contact Information

Name:Ernest Gross
Title:Professor of Music
Year Started:1997
Phone Number:847-628-1112
Office Location:Thompson Center 109


DM, Brass Literature and Pedagogy; Indiana University, 1991. Minors: Instrumental Conducting and Music History
MM, Trumpet Performance and Literature; Indiana University, 1984, Cognate: Instrumental Conducting
BA, Music Education; Anderson University, 1982


Dr. Gross came to Judson University in Elgin in 1997 as Director of Instrumental Music after serving as Director of Bands at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He also served as Music Director of the Elgin Community College Civic Orchestra from 1998 until 2002, when he founded the Judson University Community Orchestra. Dr. Gross is the Director of the Judson University Symphonic Band, University/Community Orchestra, The Judson Brass, and the Handbell Choir, and teaches applied trumpet, trombone, tuba, brass methods, instrumental conducting, music history, and music appreciation. He also served as Music Department Chair from 2002-2012.

Ernest Gross studied orchestral and operatic conducting at Indiana University with Thomas Baldner and Brian Balkwill, where he conducted the five I.U. orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra and the I.U. Philharmonic in various rehearsals, readings and performances. Dr. Gross has also attended conducting seminars taught by Andre Previn, Jorge Mester, Maurice Abravenel, Lawrence Leighton Smith, and Mark Camphouse.

After graduating from Indiana University, he served as Band Director at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, Assistant Band Director at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, Georgia, and Jazz Ensemble Director at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, where he directed the music for a production of On the Twentieth Century at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, and served as Band Director at Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas.

He is also an accomplished soloist on the natural trumpet and cornetto in addition to playing orchestral, solo, and chamber music on the modern valve trumpet. He has performed with a variety of symphony orchestras and early music groups, including the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony, Anderson, Indiana, the Columbus, Indiana Pro Musica Orchestra, and the American Baroque Ensemble, as well as the Indiana University Philharmonic, Chamber, and Baroque Orchestras. He keeps an active schedule of solo recitals, and chamber brass performances. Presently, Dr. Gross performs with the Barrington Brass Quintet in Barrington, Illinois. He also substitutes occasionally in the trumpet section of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

Expertise / Involvements

Authentic baroque trumpet performance. The history of the baroque (natural) trumpet in colonial America. Early brass music. Instrumental conducting. Brass chamber music.


''The Trumpet and the Unitas Fratrum.'' Historic Brass Society Journal, Vol. 3, New York, 1991.
''The Natural Trumpet of the Moravians in Colonial America.'' Doctoral Document, Indiana University, 1991.
''The Influence of Berlioz on Contemporary Nineteenth Century Use of Brass Instruments.'' Brass Bulletin. Vols. 67-70. Bulle, Switzerland, 1990.

Professional Societies or Affiliations

College Music Society
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mu Eta Chapter, Charter Member
The International Trumpet Guild, Charter Member
The Historical Brass Society

Current Projects

Research into how the trumpet, an instrument restricted to the nobility during the 17th and 18th centuries came to be used by commoners in the worship of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum). Research into the use of the natural trumpet in colonial America outside the Moravian Church.

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