Ruth Escher

Ruth E.

Santa Rosa, CA

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Ruth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
September 2000

I've been a professional musician for many years in the classical singing world. I love all kinds of music and have been teaching for over ten years. I'm known for being very kind and supportive. I have two degrees in Music, one from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. I've been active on classical choral and early music recordings and therefore I get to vote in the GRAMMYs ... my high school students usually help me to consider the Best New Artist category although I have strong opinions of my own because I love pop music too! I teach beginning piano, and all levels of singing. I've raised two great kids of my own and am married to another professional musician. I love helping people to bring more music into their lives!

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Private Music Teacher
Jan 2001 - Present
Ruth Escher Music Studio

I love teaching all kinds of music to all kinds of students!

Professional Chorister
Jan 1990 - Present
American Bach Soloists

Founding member of internationally renowned Bach ensemble.

Professional Chorister
Jan 2000 - Dec 2015
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Member of chamber choir for internationally renowned early music ensemble.

Professional Chorister
Jan 2010 - Jan 2015
San Francisco Symphony

One of 30 professional singers employed by the San Francisco Symphony to take part in choral works.

Paraprofessional Music Librarian
Jan 1985 - Dec 2000
Stanford University

Acquisition and Cataloging of all Music materials for Stanford University.


Post Diploma Vocal Training
Sep 1984 - Jun 1985
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 1975 - Jun 1979
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2000

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jan 2000

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

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American Guild of Musical Artists
Sep 1980

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Sep 1980

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Pi Kappa Lambda
Jun 1979

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Photos & Videos

I am a founding member of this group and very proud of our Hallelujah Chorus!
I am very proud to be a founding member of the American Bach Soloists. You can see me singing Chorus Alto in this video.
Ruth singing the Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder in Portola Valley, California.

I made the San Francisco Symphony marquee! That's me in the back of the Chorus photo :)

I recently visited my undergraduate alma mater, the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Go Tigers!

I am proud of my membership in the Recording Academy, which I earned by singing on professionally released classical music recordings.
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9 Reviews

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Aaron Arabian Feb 14, 2017
Singing · In studio

Exactly what I was looking for - classically trained, teaches professionally, connected to many types of of music and explains technique in an easy to understand way,

Anasuya Dec 9, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Ruth is one of the best teachers I have had on any subject and my favorite voice teacher of the 3 that I have received lessons from. Ruth is deeply compassionate and highly skilled at bringing out the natural voice that wants to express from my heart. The first few lessons I was in tears, feeling the joy of my own beautiful voice make its way from the cave of my heart. Ruth's teaching technique is lovely and loving. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to explore the freedom of finding their voice!

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Steven D Oct 19, 2016
Piano ·

Ruth is an awesome teacher and really knows a lot about the piano. She really teaches everything and is very knowledgable about all genres of music. She is very helpful and really makes learning to play the piano a fun experience!

Luciana T. May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

Ruth is great - very patient with both kids. We will pause for the summer and can't wait to come back once school is back on.

Alisha J. Jan 26, 2016
Singing · In studio

Ruth is very knowledgable, and she makes you feel comfortable. My first lesson was great, I would highly recommend Ruth to anyone.

Annika U. Jun 16, 2015
Singing · In studio

Hi, I'm 9 years-old and I think Ruth is very nice!!!!! She understands how you can sometimes feel uncomfortable, and she puts me at ease. I'd say that once you've had 3 lessons with her you'd feel completely comfortable with her. But I was comfortable with her at 2!! She teaches you how to sing in a healthy way, and teaches you how to take care of your vocal cords. Long story short, if you take her class you will love it!!!

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Rani F. Jun 2, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Ruth is a consummate voice teacher. I went through many other teachers around whom I felt uncomfortable. She is extremely sensitive. She listens carefully to your voice, your feelings, and to how your body feels. I have been able to do amazing things vocally that I only dreamed of previously. She also understands so many styles, including early music, folk, opera, and Broadway. Right now we are working on a Monteverdi solo with lots of ornamentation.

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Isabella P. Apr 28, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson! She got home and went straight to her workbook to learn more and took it to school the next day to share with her friends.

Olivia B. Apr 16, 2015
Piano · In home

Ruth was fabulous. My daughter loved her.

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