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Through the St. Andrews Summer School for the Performing Arts, students are given the opportunity to take masterclasses and to perform in recitals and at other public venues. [Read More]

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From Wendy Nielsen and Measha Brueggergosman to Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey and Chih-Long Hu, many famous faces have taken part in our courses and events, either as instructors, students or performers. When you participate in St. Andrews Arts Council events and workshops -- you are in good company. [Read More]

Faculty

Ruth Dunfield

Songwriting

Singer/Songwriter Ruth Dunfield is an accomplished musician, performing and writing music for most of her life, acquiring a loyal cult following who appreciates her authentic artistic voice. She is a veteran of the 70’s Boston folk club scene, including performances at the Harvard Square Folk Festival and singing at the Bitter End Coffeehouse in New York City. It is here that she developed a passion for writing songs that speak about the struggles of people who do not have a voice, performing in a haunting vocal style that leaves audiences moved. She has maintained a busy schedule, performing in Universities, colleges, and coffeehouses in the New England states and the Maritime provinces as well as recording segments for CBC programs. The release of her first recording entitled Times Like This was well received as she toured throughout the eastern coast of the United States and Canada.

Ruth’s nautical recording Saltwater Women (2003), continues to champion the themes that are so important to a woman dedicated to writing and singing songs with timeless truths, songs that have become a powerful manifesto running throughout her body of work. She sings of hope through adversity, survival in a sometimes hostile world, and ultimately empowering yourself despite the odds against you. Her songs in Saltwater Woman convey the romance of the sea, address the near extinction of the right whales, as well as featuring fascinating true stories about men and women during the age of sail.

As you listen to Ruth’s melodic voice and finger-style guitar you will hear hints of jazz, blues, and country disguised in the folk genre that is the essence of her music. Ruth has always ignored commercial pressures, choosing to remain true to the themes and music that are most important to her, winning over her audiences with an honesty and sincerity that leaves the listener inspired.

In the fall of 2008 Ruth released her third recording, Christmas All the Time featuring six original songs written by Ruth, three cover tunes as well as popular traditional Christmas favorites including an instrumental showcasing the Hammered Dulcimer.

Ruth is currently writing songs for another recording once again focusing on her passion of a nautical theme.

Courses:

The Art of Songwriting

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