Ruth has been a professional singer for 25 years, performing a wide range of styles and periods
under numerous conductors. She has taught for as many years, having begun while studying for her MA in
voice and voice pedagogy at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.
Ruth's approach is an amalgam of empirical experience, voice science, and intuition. She tailors her teaching
to each individual student. Not having been a "natural" herself has, in fact, proved an asset in teaching
others. Having experienced and resolved various vocal difficulties during her own studies, she is adept at
finding the keys to solving her students' common and not-so-common vocal issues.
Ruth has taken a number of courses in voice science, including a three-week intensive in Denver with Ingo Titze.
She can therefore combine knowledge of anatomy, acoustics, biomechanics, and vocal fold oscillation with her many
years of teaching experience.
Lessons are one hour in length. Technical elements include breath management, vowel clarity and unification, ease of
vocal production, etc. A good portion of the lesson is devoted to interpretation and performance skills. Ruth speaks
French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, and has sung in Russian, Polish, Greek, Bulgarian, and Hebrew. She assists
her students in developing and expanding their interpretive tools, including
dynamics, tonal color, pacing, and characterization.
Ruth has singing studios in San Francisco and New York City.