Ross Walter is an associate professor of trombone, euphonium and tuba in the department of Music. He came to Richmond from Baton Rouge, La., where he served as trombonist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Walter maintains a large studio of trombone, euphonium and tuba majors at VCUarts. He teaches undergraduate courses in brass methods, and brass pedagogy. He also coordinates and coaches the extensive brass chamber music program. Walter is an active freelance teacher and performer in the Richmond area. He presently performs with the Palmetto Posaunen, a professional trombone choir in South Carolina, and a professional trombone quartet in Richmond, Va. Walter is the founder and music director of an international brass festival hosted by Fundacion Tocando Puertas in Cartagena, Colombia, and he travels each year with students in a global education program to perform on the festival and to provide master classes and deliver instruments, equipment, and music as gifts to children in programs in Cartagena. Walter regularly arranges performances, master classes and clinics in elementary, middle and high schools and provides clinics and performances at regional, national and international conferences. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Louisiana State University, and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Idaho.