Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her "clear soprano" and "tasteful dramatic interpretation", MaryRuth Lown, soprano, has appeared throughout the United States as a concert soloist and choral artist.
Recent performance highlights include solo features with Bach Akademie Charlotte (Bach’s B Minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion), Arcadia Players (Messiah), the Amherst Early Music Festival (Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione), the Harvard Early Music Society (Telemann’s St. John Passion), the Handel Society of Dartmouth College (Bach’s St. John Passion), the Whitman College Orchestra (Corrette/Vivaldi’s Laudate Dominum de Coelis), the Newburyport Choral Society (Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit), the Henry Purcell Society of Boston (The Tempest), Music at Marsh Chapel (Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, BWV 127, Kallembach’s Most Sacred Body), and recital work with the Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Boston Art Song Society, and organist Peter Sykes. She can also be heard on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recording of Jeremy Gill’s Before the Wresting Tides.
Outside of the New England area, Ms. Lown has appeared as a soloist with Bach Akademie Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) Alchymy Viols (Indianapolis, Bloomington, IN), and Quintessence Choral Artists of the Southwest (Albuquerque, NM).
An equally passionate ensemble singer, Ms. Lown sings regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and the Bach Akademie Charlotte Cantata Choir. She is an alumnus of both the VOCES8 Scholars Program and the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival, and continues to sing with the VOCES8 Foundation’s ensembles throughout the United States.
A native of South Carolina, Ms. Lown was last glimpsed in her home state as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the York County Choral Society and Orchestra in Rock Hill, SC, and was seen as a guest artist performing with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Dick Goodwin Big Band, and the Lexington County Choral Society. She performed with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett, and served as a soprano choral scholar at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. She was also active as an educator and adjudicator for SCNATS and was a voice instructor at Clover High School (SC). Ms. Lown holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where she studied voice with Dr. Jennifer Hough, and a Master of Music from Boston University, where she studied voice with Aaron Sheehan and Historical Performance Practice with Martin Pearlman and Peter Sykes.
Photographer: Ethan DePuy