Since 1998 Ms. Lomon has been Composer/Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University. She is presently composing an oratorio, Witnesses, for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra. She is the recipient of a grant from the Hadassah International Research Center for completion of this work.
She was commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble to compose a trumpet concerto, Odyssey, for Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This work was premiered in 1998.
Her Requiem for full chorus and soprano solo accompanied by brass and woodwinds was premiered in Boston (1997) by Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director.
During 1995-96 Ms. Lomon was a fellow of the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe/Harvard where she composed Songs of Remembrance, a song cycle on poems of the Holocaust. This hour length work was premiered at the John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University, and has since had numerous performances including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. in April ’98, and the IAWM Congress in London, England, in July ’99 where she received the Miriam Gideon Composition award for this work. In 2001 she also received the Chicago Professional Musicians Award for the 10th song of the cycle which is set for mezzo soprano, English horn and piano.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Ruth Lomon attended le Conservatoire de Quebec and McGill University. She continued her studies with Frances Judd Cooke at the New England Conservatory of Music and, later, with Witold Lutoslawski at Dartington College, England.
Read an interview with Ruth Lomon by radio personality Bruce Duffie.
Ruth Lomon, Composer/Scholar
Women’s Studies Research Center
Brandeis University MS 079
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