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GaleMrs. Holly Ruth Gale

Associate Professor of Music

Music Department
Witherspoon Building
407 West Q St
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 964-0858
E-mail: hgale@atu.edu

Education

BA - Arkansas Tech University
MM - University of Central Arkansas

Recently Taught Courses

MUS 1231 - APPL MUSIC/VOICE
MUS 1232 - APPL MUSIC/VOICE
MUS 1301 - OPERA WORKSHOP
MUS 3191 - VOCAL SOLO LITERATURE
MUS 3231 - APPL MUSIC/VOICE
MUS 3232 - APPL MUSIC/VOICE
MUS 3301 - OPERA WORKSHOP
MUS 4001 - SENIOR RECITAL

Biography

Holly Ruth Gale, Associate Professor of Music, teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Solo Literature, and Music Theatre Workshop and has taught Women’s Chorus, Italian Diction and Opera Workshop at Arkansas Tech University.  She stays active as a performer in musical theatre productions, recital work, actor, lecturer, and clinician.

Holly Ruth stays active as a singer and actress. She has worked at Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, North Carolina (2016-2017), Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (2012-2015, 2018), Music Theatre of Wichita (1996-2005), produced, directed and acted in Greater Tuna (2014), directed Souvenirs (performances in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017), and in 2010 she created the vocal ensemble Jargon which sings music of early American tunesmiths written from around 1770 to 1810. Jargon has given performances in Williamsburg, Virginia, as well as in Arkansas, Kansas, and at the 2014 American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division Conference. September 8, 2015 Jargon gave a concert at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. In September 2017, Holly Ruth and Tim Smith opened the 2017-2018 Mary McDonald Music Series in Fort Smith, AR with their musical program An Afternoon Exploring the Delights of Maturing.

Holly Ruth is also a frequent lecturer on shape-note music and singing schools. She serves on the Executive Board for the annual Shape-Note Gathering which is held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View. This annual event is the only one of its kind as it highlights various traditions of shape note singing, which is an early American art form. In 2016 she presented sessions on Vocal Health and Care for Sacred Harp Singers at the Europe Camp Fasola in Chmielno, Poland. In July of 2013 she taught a singing school session at the Second Annual All-Day Shape Note Singing in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.  In 2012 she was a presenter on shape note music singing school traditions in Arkansas for the ATU/K-12 Summer Institute College of Arts and Humanities of Arkansas Tech University.

Holly Ruth was a clinician for All-Region Choirs in the state of Arkansas in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2016.  She was also a guest clinician at the Southern Region Nation Association of Teacher of Singing Conference at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2008. She frequently is asked to give master classes and work with choral and voice students in area schools. October, 2015 she taught a master class and worked with voice students at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Holly Ruth was a clinician for All-Region Choirs in the state of Arkansas in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2016.  She was also a guest clinician at the Southern Region Nation Association of Teacher of Singing Conference at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2008. She frequently is asked to give master classes and work with choral and voice students in area schools. October, 2015 she taught a master class and worked with voice students at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Holly Ruth’s latest endeavor is that of building an exciting new one-woman cabaret focused on the theme of older women leading vibrant and vital lives. She is doing this project with Convergences Theatre Collective, Jeremy Williams, producer and director, and Kate Michael Gibson, writer and dramaturg. The inspiration for this work comes from characters within the plays in the Western theatre canon. The project will feature songs from a variety of sources, as well as interviews with living women in their advanced years discussing their lives, choices, and how they have remained vital throughout. This material is being woven together to create a vibrant, textured, playful, inspiring, and vital new theatrical piece. 

Holly Ruth lives in Russellville with her husband, John. They have two amazing daughters, Talley Beth and Ian Kathleen.

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