Ross Karre

  • Associate Professor of Percussion

Areas of Study


• Bachelor of Music (percussion), Oberlin Conservatory
• Master of Arts in Music (percussion), University of California, San Diego
• Doctorate of Musical Arts (percussion), University of California, San Diego
• Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, University of California, San Diego



Ross Karre is a percussionist, filmmaker, and producer who devoted 11 years to the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), initially as a performer and archive director, and later in the roles of production director and artistic director in addition to performing. He has appeared in more than 500 concerts with the collective, including hundreds of world premieres.

An avid chamber musician and interdisciplinary artist, he has performed regularly with red fish blue fish, Third Coast Percussion, and Yarn/Wire. His projection design work has been presented all over the world in prestigious venues such as the BBC Scotland, the Park Avenue Armory, the Kennedy Center, and the National Gallery of Art.


Ross Karre Performs at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall in NYC

November 21, 2023

Associate Professor of Percussion Ross Karre performed with his group, the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall in NYC on November 1 in a concert curated by Oberlin honorary doctorate, George Lewis. Lewis commenced his newest curatorial series, "Composing While Black Volume 1," with a program of premieres by Courtney Bryan ’04 and Adegoke Steve Colson as well as works by Wendall Logan (creator of Oberlin's Jazz Department) and Brittany J. Green. Bryan's artistry has been celebrated by a recent MacArthur Award. Her piece was commissioned by Oberlin locals and Kendal Residents, Arlene and Larry Dunn.

Ross Karre Participated with Iranian Female Composers Association in Concert

November 16, 2022

Associate Professor Ross Karre coproduced and performed in a concert featuring composers from the Iranian Female Composers Association. The works were performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Steven Schick. Among the musicians were Oberlin alumni, Hannah Levinson, Rebekah Heller, and Joshua Rubin. The program included the world premiere performance of Inexorable Passage by Nina Barzegar, the US premiere of within the Hadal and Epi by Anahita Abbasi, the NYC premiere of Crystalline Trees by Aida Shirazi, and additional works by Golfam Khayam, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, Nasim Khorassani, and Bahar Royaee. Niloufar Shiri performed solo kamancheh interludes throughout the evening. (New York Times subscription needed to view article.)