Ms. Ellis’ is a diverse artist with credits in multiple genres including contemporary, music theater and classical who has performed roles from Queens to Wardrobes. Her roles include the title role in Naughty Marietta with Utah Festival Opera; Clorinda in La Cenerentola; Mary Warren in The Crucible with Daniel Beckwith conducting, which performance The Arkansas Times dubbed "excellent;” Papagena in The Magic Flute with Amato Opera, New York City; Rapunzel in Into the Woods with the Inwood Players in New York City; The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel of which Ed Reichel wrote she "was wonderful in her role;" the Mad Child in the North American Premiere of Alexander Goehr's triptych, Stephen Wadsworth, director, David Gilbert, conductor, also in New York City. The Opera News described this role as "difficult, stratospheric, heavy coloratura." Of Ruth's performance the New York Post wrote she "handled it all with professional finesse" and the Daily News said Ms. Ellis was one of those who "turned in particularly fine performances." Ruth has performed multiple incarnations of The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Madame Goldentrill in The Impressario and the soprano soloist in the Messiah. Ruth's favorite role is that of the La Bonne Fee in Massenet's Cendrillon regarding which Robert Breault wrote she "delivered a compelling and exciting portrayal of the Fée. She handled the notoriously difficult role seemingly effortlessly and her voice, especially in the top range, filled Kingsbury Hall with precision and beauty.”
Ruth concertizes regularly and has sung 57 concerts in venues across the nation including a tour of a concert entitled “Sing a New Song” featuring music by contemporary classical composers. Most recently she was a guest artist at Valdosta State University giving both a concert and several master classes. Ruth has also performed “Bearing Record Through Song” at the B.Y.U. Women’s Conference, which conference is attended by 30,000 women from across the world; and a concert honoring motherhood entitled “Mother Music” which was given in the Provo Utah Tabernacle; “Out of Obscurity: Mormon American Art Song” featuring music by classical Latter-day Saint composers; “The Mormon Story In Song: The First Vision Through the Trek West” as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Pioneers' arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. The concert at The New York Historical Society, in conjunction with their exhibit on the Pioneers, was featured in the New York Daily News. The New York Daily News reported Ruth sang with "soaring dramatic authority."
Also a director, Ms.Ellis has directed 13 shows in the last 9 years her favorite being La Cenerentola at the University of Utah of which was written, "Ellis’ direction was fluent and efficient. She brought a perfect balance of humor and sincerity to a work that sometimes errs on the side of slapstick," Emily Nelson. Ruth has worked with world famous teachers, directors, coaches and conductors and she is happy to share her experience with young singers. She founded the Ruth Ellis Vocal Academy in 2000. She teaches there and as a guest presenter in other studios, schools and universities including the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, Utah Valley University, Sacramento State University, Valdosta State University, American School of Milan and Brigham Young University. She currently teaches at Snow College. She has served as National Association of Teachers of Singing officer for 13 consecutive years and is now serving as the Utah District Governor, Cal-Western Regional Auditions Chair and Governor Elect.
Dr. Ellis earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. She studied and performed in New York for fourteen years before moving to Utah. Ruth earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Utah and completed The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute of Shenandoah Conservatory. Ruth is a pioneering researcher in the grading practice of applied vocal studies and presented a portion of her research at the NATS National Convention in Chicago, 2016. Ruth and her husband of 29 years, Doug Ellis, are the proud parents of six children.