After nearly a lifetime of studying and playing the classical guitar but suffering from orchestra envy, Jeffrey Rossman turned his musical energies to learning the cello. He studied that wonderful instrument with Fred Raimi, cellist with the Ciompi Quartet. He is a member of the UNC and Duke Symphony Orchestras and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. Mr. Rossman has also played with the Carolina Ballet Orchestra, the Orchestra Pro Cantores, and, after a rigorous audition, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Being a member of ensembles and experiencing first-hand the complexity and effort involved in playing great works of music has given him, he feels, greater sensitivity to the critic's role and responsibility.
Rossman attended the 2005 National Arts Journalism Institute at Columbia University, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rossman grew up in Brooklyn, New York; he says, "As anyone from there will tell you, no matter how long you've been gone, you are always 'from Brooklyn.'" After the obligatory family pilgrimage from New York to Miami, he attended Florida State University. A teaching assistantship at Ohio State University led to the one bright spot of that tenure – he met his wife, Monica. In 1982, she was offered the position of Assistant Organist at Duke Chapel, so the Rossmans loaded up their truck and moved to Durham. They have two daughters: Jessica, a nursing student at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Natalie, a junior at UNC-Greensboro.
Mr. Rossman earned a Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in July, 1990. Rossman's "real" job is Information Technology Senior Analyst with Duke University Health System.
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