Baritone Solomon Cross, Ranger College choir director, loves to perform works for the concert stage such as oratorios, cantatas, sacred songs and spirituals. Soloist performances include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass performed in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Bach’s cantata 78 Jesu, der du meine Seele, performed in Brown Hall at New England Conservatory, the oratorio Judas Maccabaeus with the Master Singers of Worchester, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the Masterworks Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Lord God of Abraham, from his oratorio Elijah and a collaboration with Conductor Peter Lea-Cox of the Lecosaldi Ensemble of London as the baritone soloist in Bach’s cantata 182 Himmelskonig, sei willkommen.
As a choral director, he has conducted choirs and educated students in Massachusetts from the Cambridge Public Schools, Mansfield Public Schools, and Sacred Heart School. An active composer, Solomon Cross has written works for solo voice and mixed choir. Mr. Cross conducts the choral ensemble at Ranger and teaches American music, music appreciation, and applied voice. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Do I have to be a music major to receive a music scholarship?
No. You simply have to agree to the requirements of the scholarship which generally include the following: 1. Participate in the assigned ensemble(s); 2. Register as a full-time student (minimum load of 12 semester hours); 3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in your music ensemble and an overall GPA of 2.0 in all classes.
May I receive a scholarship for more than one semester?
Yes. Generally, students will receive their scholarship for at least four semesters, providing they fulfill the scholarship requirements.
What other types of financial aid are available at Ranger College?
Students are encouraged to complete financial aid forms that are available from the Office of Financial Assistance. This office will assist you with other types of financial assistance, some which are based on merit, others which are based on need.
Are music scholarships available for students who begin in the Spring semester?
Awards are offered prior to the beginning of the academic year. Students who enter Ranger College in the spring semester may audition for an award to begin the following fall.