ABOUT RUTH DRAPER
An active professional musician for two decades, Ruth Draper has engaged in music performance, music composition, music analysis, and music instruction in diverse contexts. She has performed internationally as an organ soloist, coached middle school singers for Solo and Ensemble Festivals, taught undergraduate music theory, conducted volunteer church choirs, demonstrated the organ to grade-school students, accompanied university voice studios, composed music for instrumental chamber ensembles, and presented scholarly work to professional and lay audiences.
Although Classically trained, Ruth embraces a wide variety of music in her performances and teaching, from jazz and folk to Gospel and pop. She communicates her passion for all music to audiences, choirs, and students through musical excellence in performance and accessible yet intellectually rigorous pedagogy in education.
An emerging composer, Ruth's organ music has recently garnered recognition. A Lover's Farewell: Dido's Lament Revisited, a jazz/contemporary/classical fusion work based on Purcell's famous aria, won the 2015 Seattle American Guild of Organist's competition "Bach to the Future". Her Toccatina on "Bring Forth" is published in a collection of contemporary hymn settings gathered for the 2016 AGO national convention.
Ruth studied music at Oberlin Conservatory (BMus in organ, with David Boe), Eastman School of Music (MM in organ, with David Higgs; MA in music theory pedagogy) and University of Washington (DMA in organ, with Carole Terry). Her dissertation, "Contextualizing the Music of Jehan Alain: Three Lenses on Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin", examines the influence on Alain's music of three important ideologies of interwar France: musical nationalism; NeoClassicism; and modernism.
Ruth is currently based in Cleveland, OH. She is Director of Music at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, accompanist for the choral ensemble Good Company, and a freelance performer, accompanist and composer.