Born and raised in Nova Scotia, soprano Ruth Phillips is an accomplished choral and ensemble singer. She recently
completed a Doctorate in Music at McGill with Joanne Kolomyjec with research focusing on political laments of the
Italian seicento. Ruth began vocal studies at McGill University in Montreal with Jan Simons and under his tutelage
earned a Master’s of Music degree in Early Music Performance in 2005. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Medieval History and Literature from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
As a member of two ensembles, La Tarantella and La Fiorenza, specializing in lesser know works of the Renaissance
and Baroque, Ruth has performed in Boston, Ontario, Quebec, and has toured the Maritimes. For Musique Royale,
she has been heard throughout Nova Scotia with Ensemble de Temps en Temps, Incantatus, and Tempest. She
has been featured as soprano soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s St. John Passion with Symphony Nova
Scotia. In addition, she has sung with Montreal- and Quebec-based choirs Viva Voce and La Chapelle de Québec,
and has been heard on CBC radio in performance with La Fiorenza and La Chapelle de Québec.