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", "tasteful dramatic interpretation", and "grace", Ms. Lown is most often found performing baroque, renaissance, and early classical repertoire.
In her third season as a choral scholar with Music at Marsh Chapel (Boston) under the direction of Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, Ms. Lown has most recently been featured as a soloist in Handel's Judas Maccabeaus and Israel in Egypt, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, the "Bach Experience" cantata series, and the world premiere and recording of James Kallembach’s work The Most Sacred Body. In collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, she is the soprano soloist in the 2017 recording of Jeremy Gill's symphonic work Before the Wresting Tides..
Engagements for the 2017-2018 season include performances with such ensembles as the Handel + Haydn Society, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, The Arcadia Players, The Brookline Consort, the Voces8 US Scholars Programme (Dallas), and the Harvard Early Music Society. On stage, Ms. Lown most recently sang the roles of Orimeno/Erineo/Alcesta (Cavalli's Erismena) with the Amherst Early Music Festival, and Nereid/Nymph (Purcell’s King Arthur) with Boston University’s Historical Performance department.
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