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Sharon Ruchman

At the age of five, I would sit down at the piano and compose melodies and songs. My parents and grandparents encouraged me to take piano lessons. My grandfather, who was a non-musician, came from a family of musicians. His youngest brother was a virtuoso violinist who won best amateur violinist in the country in the 1920’s, and played for President Coolidge and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. I wish I had met him but the family always talked about him and introduced me to his friends who played with him in New York.
I began my piano lessons at age 8. One of the many teachers I studied with was from Julliard School of Music. My music training also comprised other areas such as voice and cello. Dance was also an important part of my life. In junior high school, I sang in the chorus and as a soloist, in addition to accompanying the chorus. I also performed in school plays. In high school, I was selected (in voice) for the All-County, All-State (N.Y.) and All-Eastern choruses.
While at the New England Conservatory of Music, I had some wonderful music opportunities. I was both a singer and pianist for the Conservatory chorus and was chosen to be a singer with a chamber choir under the direction of Robert Shaw at the Blossom Music Festival. Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa were conductors that summer for the Cleveland Orchestra and for our chorus. Another summer, I was a choral singer at the Ambler Music Festival sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchestra. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in education.
I went on to graduate school at the Yale School of Music, where I studied in voice and received my Master of Music degree. I continued to do accompanying for recitals and lesson. I was a soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. I also sang in some of the school’s small opera productions. I was also invited to join the Yale Summer School opera program in Norfolk, CT.
After graduate school, I taught music for a few years in West Haven, CT (grades K-6). I continued my singing career, mostly performing locally in CT. Five years ago, I decided to return to Yale and study composition privately with Orianna Webb. I always loved to compose, but never had the time to pursue it. I never imagined that I would be composing chamber music. Years ago, I made a CD with original words and music.
By chance, about two years ago, my former cello teacher requested that I compose a cello and piano piece for her. After that, my composing flourished. I wrote several other pieces and found some great musicians to record them. I even discovered a wonderful cellist a mile away from me. In this past year, my pieces have been aired on WSHU and WMNR, big classical music stations in CT. Recently, one of my cello and piano pieces was selected by the National Composers Association to be played in San Francisco Nov. 14, 2009. I have also just completed a CD of my chamber music. I have just completed my 3rd CD, Remembrance. I will be featured in January 2012 issue of Fanfare Magazine.


My pieces are mostly lyrical, since I love writing beautiful melodies. Some of my pieces are atonal. I feel that it is important to experiment with different instrumentation and styles. Often, I derive an idea from a picture or my surroundings. I thought of Debussy and his style when I wrote “Sea Glass.” There is other imagery in “Day at Play” and “Days End.” I thought of children playing at the park or a playground and “Days End” is about children winding down from a days worth of play and eventually falling asleep. I try to choose my titles from the mood or feeling I get in my pieces. For example “Awakening” exudes lots of energy, which led me to that title. It is important to give the audience a sense of what a piece might be about before they even hear it.