Ross Rawlings

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Ross Rawlings
Ross Scott Rawlings

1966/1967 (age 51–52)
ResidenceMount Airy, Maryland, United States
EducationTowson University (B.A.)
  • Pianist
  • Composer
  • Music director
  • Conductor
Home townBaltimore County, Maryland
Harford County, Maryland
AwardsKevin Kline Award (2010)
Musical career
Years active1982–present

Ross Scott Rawlings (born c. 1966/1967) is an American pianist, composer, conductor, and music director.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rawlings was born c. 1966/1967 to Daryl Lee (née Prysock) and Dennis Scott Rawlings.[3][4] His mother was a contract analyst for the Government of Maryland and his father was a collection agent.[3][5] Ross Rawlings and his brother, Kevin D. Rawlings[3] lived in Baltimore County, but later moved to Harford County, Maryland before middle school. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 7 and started a singing group in middle school that continued through high school. When Rawlings was 16, he was injured in a car crash while en route to the first rehearsal for a production of Seesaw at Liberty Showcase Theatre in Liberty, North Carolina. He was in a hospital for over a month due to broken ribs, wrists, kneecaps, sternum and fractured elbows.[4] Despite the crash, Rawlings was able to conduct and play piano for the production. In 1993, Rawlings earned a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education and Piano from Towson University.[4][6]


Rawlings became the resident musical director of Toby's Dinner Theatre c. 1982. For 4 years in the mid-1990s, Rawlings also taught at Atholton High School.[4] In the early 2000s, Rawlings was the conductor for the national tour of Fosse directed by Michael James Scott.[4][7] In 2006, he was the musical director for broadway revival of Sweet Charity.[8][9] At Olney Theatre Center in 2012, Rawlings conducted and orchestrated a production of A Chorus Line and was the musical director for Little Shop of Horrors.[10][11] Rawlings was the musical director of Rep Stage's 2014 production of The Fantasticks.[12] Rawlings is the Director of Choral Activities and Piano at Glenelg High School.[6] In 2017, composer Stacey V. Gibbs wrote a piece of music entitled Go Down, Moses for the Glenelg choir and dedicated it to the students and Rawlings.[13] Rawlings was the musical director of the inaugural premier of the musical, Magic Under Glass, by the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts under the direction of Toby Orenstein.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Rawlings purchased a house in Columbia, Maryland where he lived for 4 years.[4] As of 2017, he resides in Mount Airy, Maryland.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work Venue Notes Ref(s)
2010 Kevin Kline Award Outstanding Dramatic Series Won Hairspray The Muny Tied with Diane White-Clayton [15]
2015 Helen Hayes Award Nominated Memphis Toby's Dinner Theatre [16]
Nominated Spamalot [16]
2018 Pending Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [17]


  1. ^ "Rawlings, Ross Scott". OCLC World Cat Identities. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. ^ CRYSTAL SCHELLE (24 July 2016). "Smithsburg writer has novels turned into musicial". Herald Mail Media.
  3. ^ a b c d "Dennis Scott Rawlings". Cumberland Times. 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Rousuck, J. Wynn (2003-05-05). "Don't call his music a bowl of cherries". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ "Daryl Lee Rawlings". Cumberland Times. 2017-02-17.
  6. ^ a b "Howard County Arts Council Announces Performers for CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS Gala". Broadway World. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ Leverone, Barbara (2004-04-16). "'Fosse' kicks up a storm". Sarasota Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  8. ^ Morgan, Terry (2006-10-12). "Sweet Charity". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  9. ^ "Theater: 'Sweet Charity' ends with Ringwald". Orange County Register. 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  10. ^ Pressley, Nelson (August 5, 2013). "'A Chorus Line' at the Olney Theatre Center is a largely enjoyable re-creation". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Pressley, Nelson (August 12, 2012). "Olney Theatre Center's 'Little Shop of Horrors' takes itself too seriously". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on June 18, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Giuliano, Mike (2014-05-12). "'The Fantasticks' -- time-tested and still sweet". Columbia Flier. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  13. ^ Trobridge, Tracy (2017-04-06). "Glenelg choir singing a new tune written just for them". Howard County Times. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  14. ^ Schelle, Crystal (2016-07-24). "Smithsburg writer has novels turned into musicial". Herald-Mail. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  15. ^ Newmark, Judith (2010-03-23). "Kevin Kline Awards feature six ties". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  16. ^ a b "2015 Helen Hayes Awards nominations". Washington Post. January 26, 2015. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on July 14, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Nominations for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards". Washington Post. February 5, 2018. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on February 18, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.

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