Name: Ruth Escher
Voice type: Alto
SFS Chorus member since: 1980-84, 2011-present
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Music schools I attended: University of Pacific Conservatory of Music; Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London
Began singing: At age 5, to Beatles songs.
Musical inspirations: The joy which singing brought me
If I were not a professional singer, I might be: In a job which uses foreign languages
Favorite composers: J.S. Bach, Mozart, R. Strauss, Monteverdi, Steve Reich
Favorite vocal works: Bach’s cantatas; Mozart’s operas; madrigals; beautiful and interesting contemporary choral works
When I’m not working, I enjoy: Seeing films; hiking; time with my family
Recent reading: (Highbrow) Brunelleschi’s Dome, by Ross King; (lowbrow) The Game of Thrones series, by George R. R. Martin
On my CD player/iPod: Radiohead; Fleet Foxes; Elvis Costello; Eddie Vedder’s Ukelele Songs
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Hiking, eating at great restaurants. I like going to the beach and knowing that we are on the edge of one continent.