Teaching Artist of Organ
Office Location: FAC 244
Ruth Harris, adjunct instructor of organ, received Bachelor (with highest distinction) and Master of Music degrees in organ and church music from Northwestern University and has done doctoral work while on a University Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She studied as a Fulbright scholar in Paris, where her teachers were Jean Langlais, André Marchal, and Nadia Boulanger. Later she studied for a year with Anton Heiller at the Church Music Division of the Academy of Music in Vienna. While still an undergraduate student, she won the Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition in Chicago. An adjudicator for organ competitions throughout the Midwest, she has concertized throughout the United States.
Ms. Harris has served on the staff of the national Montreat Worship and Music Conferences, on the Worship Committee of the Presbyterian Synod of Lakes and Prairies, and, on occasion, as organist with the Des Moines Symphony. She has been accompanist for many choral groups in the Des Moines area, including the Drake University Choirs, Des Moines Choral Society, Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Concert Singers, Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Westminster Oratorio Choir. As such, she has appeared at several conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association, and, with the Drake Choir, at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Harris, a freelance accompanist, is an organ associate at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Des Moines. She has served as Iowa state chair for the American Guild of Organists and holds the Associate certification degree from that organization.