The musical duo of internationally renowned vocalist Andrea Ross and her husband, principal
cellist of the South Dakota Symphony, Robbie Erhard, blend their musical backgrounds to put
an intimate and inventive spin on heartwarming songs from Broadway, jazz, folk and classical
traditions. Andrea’s crystalline voice is balanced beautifully by the depth of Robbie’s cello
playing. Their original arrangements feature layered harmonies and nuanced variation in the
cello to create a rich yet intimate accompaniment to the voice. Together, they craft a heartfelt
experience that transcends the boundaries of genre, delivering both nostalgic charm and
Described by the Boston Globe as “a phenom, whose pose and pipes are astounding” and by
Variety Magazine as “a lovely, clear soprano,” Andrea Ross is an internationally recognized
vocalist, Broadway performer and recording artist. Ms. Ross has been singing professionally for
20 years as an interpreter of musical theater repertoire, bringing Broadway classics and the
Great American Songbook to leading venues across the world, both in symphony settings and
Andrea’s career began when she caught the attention of legendary Broadway composer,
Andrew Lloyd Webber, who became her mentor and producer for several years. Andrew Lloyd
Webber and Universal Music Group’s Classics and Jazz label, produced Ms. Ross’ solo album,
Moon River, which debuted on the Top 50 UK Album Charts.
Andrea Ross has performed as a soloist at prominent UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall
and Wembley Stadium, where she was a guest artist for Concert for Diana, hosted by members
of the Royal Family to commemorate Princess Diana. Ms. Ross has developed an international
reputation as a soloist of the highest caliber, singing with top symphony orchestras including the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra,
Utah Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and many more.
Ms. Ross has performed in renowned concert venues throughout New York, including
Feinstein’s 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and 92nd Street Y. Andrea Ross has appeared at prestigious
music festivals such as the Grand Tetons Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, and the
Hampton Court Palace Festival.
Andrea Ross has starred in two Broadway National Tours; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle
Down the Wind and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. She has performed on
professional stages throughout her hometown of Boston, MA and won the prestigious Elliot
Norton Award for ‘Outstanding Actress’, awarded by the Boston Theater Critics Association.
As the Gold Medalist of the 2022 American Traditions Vocal Competition, Andrea Ross has
earned recognition for her range and established herself as one of the most versatile young
artists of her time.
Robbie Erhard joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as principal cello and member of
the Dakota String Quartet in 2020 after serving as acting principal for the 2019 - 2020 season.
Praised by Strings Magazine for “the practiced grace of a Martha Graham dancer: things that
should be impossible, but are made to look easy—utterly natural”, Robbie has enjoyed a diverse
career performing as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician and across a variety of
musical genres. Prior to joining the SDSO, he served as cellist with both the Ceres Quartet and
the Altius Quartet, performing in concert halls across the US for several years. Memorable
chamber music experiences include performances with Emmanuel Ax and Anton Nel. Recent
highlights as a soloist include performances with the SDSO and with Boulder Bach Festival.
During the summers, Robbie plays with Central City Opera, Lakes Area Music Festival and
seeks other diverse performing opportunities across the country and abroad. He is currently on
faculty at Augustana University where he enjoys an active teaching schedule. Robbie’s summer
festival credits include a String Quartet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, multiple
summers at Kneisel Hall and participation in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. He is fortunate
to count among his most influential mentors members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Pacifica,
Takacs and Ying String Quartets. Robbie received his undergraduate degree from University of
Colorado Boulder, and his Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was
teaching assistant to Alan Harris. Passionate about expanding his musical horizons, he has
performed extensively across genres and finds the Lakota Music Project, a part of the Bridging
Cultures program at SDSO, to be particularly rewarding and meaningful.
The NMM Live! Series is made possible by the USD Student Government Association and the South Dakota Arts Council through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This program is free of cost for NMM Members!
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Friday, February 16, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM UTC
NMM Live! | Andrea Ross & Robbie Erhard
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