This year marks Dr. Ruth Ochs’s sixteenth season as conductor of the Princeton University Sinfonia. Under her leadership Sinfonia has grown from a small chamber orchestra into a full symphony orchestra. Welcoming undergraduate and graduate student musicians, the Sinfonia performs music from the Baroque to the modern, and they have performed symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. With the growth of the ensemble, Dr. Ochs has offered new opportunities such as Sinfonia’s annual concerto competition. In May 2009, Sinfonia premiered a new work by composer Laurie Altman called In Another Time. Familiar with Altman’s work, Ruth Ochs premiered and recorded for Albany Records his Homage a Stravinsky (2006).
In addition to her work with Sinfonia, Dr. Ochs conducts the Westminster Community Orchestra, a position she has held for the past twelve seasons. There she conducts major orchestral and choral-orchestral works, and she has led the orchestra in collaborations with choral ensembles from the Westminster Conservatory and the Westminster Choir College. Additionally, she has worked with the Princeton University Orchestra and conducts faculty ensembles at the Westminster Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Ochs holds degrees in music and orchestral conducting from Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin, and she completed her Ph.D. in musicology at Princeton University with a dissertation on Karol Szymanowski’s ballet Harnasie. She spent many summers studying conducting at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine with Maestro Michael Jinbo. She returned in 2008 as the School’s first conducting associate.