Ross Berkley holds a Bachelors (cum laude) and Masters Degree from North Central College and Lewis University, respectively. While at North Central he served as assistant conductor of the Concert Choir and was recognized as the Fine Arts Department's "Outstanding Music Major" and recipient of the Clarence Juhnke Award. He is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association and has served on the board of directors for the Millennium Carillon Foundation.
A celebrated tenor, actor and sought after musical director, his recent performing credits include North Central's Music and Opera Theatres, The Naperville Chorus, and Chicago's Light Opera Works. Recently, he was honored to be chosen as music director for the "Naperville Follies" celebrating Naperville's 175th birthday.
Mr. Berkley is an active clinician, guest conductor, accompanist, educator and music consultant. He has served as the director of choral activities at Lincoln Junior High in Naperville for the past six years, where in 2005 he was recognized by the Naperville Community School District as an outstanding first year teacher. Berkley has held directorial positions with the Young Naperville Singers, first as assistant to Oksana Rodak as well as conductor of the "Boys Choir," and subsequently as conductor of the "Ensemble Singers." He has also maintained the directorship of the Naperville Chorus Chamber Singers since 2007, and maintains an active performing schedule. He has served on the Music and Theatre faculty at the School of Performing Arts, Naperville, since 2002, often collaborating with his wife, award-winning choreographer, Joni Wiltz.