Ross Gilliland


Originally from Madison, WI, bassist Ross Gilliland was a long-time member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Madison Opera and performed regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians, and Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. For more than 15 years he has served as the festival bassist for the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, directed by famed composer John Harbison. Since relocating to Seattle, he regularly performs orchestral, modern, baroque, bluegrass, chamber music, musical theater, and is featured in many film and soundtrack recordings.

Ross wears another hat altogether, having worked in public policy and non-profit management for over a decade. He has served on NOCCO’s board since 2015 and is currently the Board President. Ross holds degrees in music performance, physics, and public policy, and in 2015 was named a Strategic Data Fellow by Harvard University.