MS CONNECTICUT SENIOR AMERICA 2013,
CONGRATULATIONS to RUTH HARCOVITZ, Ms Connecticut Senior America 2013!
Ruth Harcovitz is a graduate of New England Conservatory with a BM in Vocal Performance. Her graduate study was at the Vienna Academy of Music Opera School. She has always maintained a dual career as singer and singing teacher.
Ruth has sung and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, performing under such noted conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davis, Claudio Abbado, and William Steinberg. She sang with the opera superstar Beverly Sills with the Opera Company of Boston under Sarah Caldwell, the first woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera. Among the other companies with which she has appeared are the Santa Fe Opera, Artists Internationale, and Opera New England.
Active as a classical recitalist, she has concertized in colleges, museums, libraries, art galleries, and on radio. She sings in French, German, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish, all of which she has studied. She has been featured as soloist with choral societies and orchestras.
Simultaneously pursuing her fondness for lighter music, she has sung leads in musical theater, summer stock, and dinner theater and appeared with numerous musical theater reviews, including with her own vocal quartet Champagne.
Since the inception of her career, she has created her own shows which she presents for community organizations such as women's groups, libraries, historical societies, and senior centers. With fifteen programs in her repertoire, she recently returned from a successful singing tour in Florida.
Ruth has taught voice at New England Conservatory and Northeastern University, and for the Boston Children's Theater. She has owned and operated her own teaching studio for many years, and is the author of many articles on performing.
She has served both as Vice President and President of the New England Conservatory Alumni Association, an international body of over 15,000; as a Trustee of New England Conservatory and also a mentor for students.
The education of youth is important in Ruth's life and she presents an anti-bullying program in schools, entitled, Getting Along with Others, based on the lessons learned from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
When a student, Ruth won the title of Miss Boston and was the Talent Winner in the Miss Massachusetts Pageant. She has thrilled thousands over the years with her sparkling voice and warm personality and is the recipient of hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants.