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cello, Artistic Director of In Praise of Music
Ruth is cellist and founding member of the Fenimore String Quartet, the Magellan String Quartet, the Continuo Collective of the South, and Trio d’Esprit. She gives recitals of popular classics with Ensembles Intermezzo, performs with and is Artistic Director of the musician-run chamber orchestra, Lyra Vivace, and manages a unique musician booking service, In Praise of Music. During the summers, she performs with Glimmerglass Opera, where she specializes in solo continuo work for 17th- and 18th-century repertoire.
Ruth has designed entertaining educational programs for chamber ensembles: Her Tin Pail Tales interactive performances for pre-school children are popular at Early Childhood learning centers and other literacy development programs; her Global Navigation with the Magellan String Quartet programs were for many years enjoyed by K-6 graders throughout the state of Georgia.
She has taught cello, music theory and music appreciation at Georgia Southern University during the 18-year faculty residency of the Magellan String Quartet. She has taught at Mansfield University, did research for the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and wrote program notes for Encore. Ruth has performed in masterclasses for Yo Yo Ma and Janos Starker, held several principal cello positions (including 16 years as Principal Cello of the Augusta Symphony and over 20 years of the Augusta Opera) and has recorded with the Syracuse Society for New Music. She has worked as education director and grants administrator with the Greenville (SC) Symphony, and has worked as orchestra personnel manager for the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic.
Ruth received a B.Mus from Boston University (where she studied cello with Leslie Parnas and received the Edwin E. Stein Award for Excellence in the Arts). Her graduate degree and studies at Cornell University were in musicology, analytical techniques and performance practice. A native of upstate New York, she is the proud owner of the historic Kitt Shipman Catlin Memorial Chapel in Springfield Center, NY.