MaryRuth Lown, soprano, is a recent graduate of Boston University (CFA '17, M.M. Historical Performance), where she studied voice with Aaron Sheehan and various aspects of historical performance practice with Martin Pearlman and Peter Sykes.
Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for her "clear soprano" and "tasteful dramatic interpretation", Ms. Lown is most often found performing baroque, renaissance, and early classical repertoire.
As a choral scholar with Music at Marsh Chapel under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett, Ms. Lown is frequently featured as a soloist in the “Bach Experience” cantata series, and has been a soloist in Bach’s Passions, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and the recently released recording of James Kallembach’s Most Sacred Body (Gothic Records). She can also be heard as the soprano soloist in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s 2017 recording of Jeremy Gill’s Before the Wresting Tides. Ms. Lown made her solo Messiah debut in 2017 with Arcadia Players under the direction of Ian Watson and, in June, made her solo debut with Bach Akademie Charlotte in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, with director Scott Allen Jarrett. Other recent solo engagements have included Bach’s St. John Passion with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Telemann’s St. John Passion with the Harvard Early Music Society, Corrette/Vivaldi with the orchestra of Whitman College, incidental theatre music with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, multiple roles in Cavalli’s Erismena, the role of Pallas in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione with the Amherst Early Music Festival, and as a recitalist with the Boston Art Song Society.
In addition to her work as a concert soloist, Ms. Lown sings with the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and Boston’s MIRYAM ensemble. She has been developing her sound as a choral artist through the US VOCES8 Scholars Program (2017-2019), and attended the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival in 2018.
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, also under the direction of Dr. 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 B.M.E. from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where she studied voice with Dr. Jennifer Hough.
Photographer: Ethan DePuy