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.
In her third season as a choral scholar with Music at Marsh Chapel under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett, Ms. Lown has most recently been featured as a soloist in the “Bach Experience” cantata series, Bach’s Passions, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Israel in Egypt, 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, makes her solo debut with Bach Akademie Charlotte in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, with director Scott Allen Jarrett. Other solo engagements for the 2017-2018 season 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, incidental theatre music with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, multiple roles in Cavalli’s Erismena and the role of Pallas in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione with the Amherst Early Music Festival.
In addition to her work as a concert soloist, Ms. Lown frequently sings with the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. She has been developing her sound as a choral artist through the US VOCES8 Scholars Program (2017-2019), and will attend the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival this summer.
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