My Work Focuses on: 
developing and enriching the musical potential of the Princeton experience, creating meaningful opportunities for motivated musicians, and fostering opportunities for undergraduate composers.
My Other Interests Include: 
conducting, symphonic music and its history, intersections of musical performance and scholarship, Polish music, women and music, musical outreach, performance practice

Contact

Office: 
E311 Effron Music Building
Phone: 
(609) 258-3306
More about Ruth Ochs

Under Maestro Ochs' leadership, the Princeton Uniersity Sinfonia has grown from a small chamber orchestra into a full symphony orchestra. Welcoming undergraduate and graduate student musicians, the Sinfonia performs music from the Baroque to the modern, and they have performed symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. With the growth of the ensemble, Ms. Ochs has offered new opportunities such as Sinfonia’s annual concerto competition. In May 2009, Sinfonia premiered a new work by composer Laurie Altman called In Another Time. Familiar with Altman’s work, Ruth Ochs premiered and recorded for Albany Records his Homage a Stravinsky (2006).

In addition to her work with Sinfonia, Ruth Ochs conducts the Westminster Community Orchestra, a position she has held for the past four seasons. There she conducts major orchestral and choral-orchestral works, and she has led the orchestra in collaborations with choral ensembles from the Westminster Conservatory and the Westminster Choir College. Additionally, she has worked with the Princeton University Orchestra and conducts faculty ensembles at the Westminster Conservatory of Music.

Education

Degrees in Music and Orchestral Conducting: Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. in Musicology at Princeton University, with a dissertation on Karol Szymanowski's ballet Harnasie. (2018)

Studied with Maestro Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine.