Practicing Joy


Patricia Terry-Ross taught harp, voice, piano, and harmony and directed the renowned Harp & Vocal Ensemble at Cass Technical High School in Detroit for 31 years. She is on the faculty of Wayne State University and is principal harpist of the Michigan Opera Theatre. She recorded with many Motown Record artists, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. The Kresge Foundation named Terry-Ross its 2017 Eminent Artist for her contributions to the artistic and cultural community and residents of Detroit. You can read our interview with Terry-Ross in a 2008 special issue of Harp Column.

Discovered early, a love of practicing is cultivated throughout life

—by Patricia Terry Ross

I really do love to practice. Whenever I have said that to my students, they have looked at me as if I had lost my mind or that, perhaps, they have chosen the wrong teacher. 

One of the most important skills that I have developed over the years is the ability to practice efficiently and effectively by solving problems. However, my musical journey did not start out that way. 

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