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Ruth Charloff is conductor of the UCR University Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Singers. She was director of the Choral Society from 1995-1997 before being appointed to the University Orchestra; she also conducts festival reunions of the Alumni Chorus. She teaches conducting, Introduction to Western Music, and 20th-century music history, and at UCR has actively promoted new works as well as interdisciplinary and multicultural performance projects. Her DMA in orchestral conducting, with a dissertation on phrase structure and performance, is from the Northwestern University School of Music. She received her M.A. in musicology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also had extensive studies in ethnomusicology; her B.A. in piano, with George Barth, is from Wesleyan University. In the San Francisco Bay Area she co-founded and conducted the chamber orchestra Hesperian Ensemble, conducted productions of Death in Venice and The Lighthouse with the Berkeley Contemporary Opera, and was choral director at St. Joseph the Worker Church. In Evanston, Illinois she guest conducted with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, University Chorus, Early Music Collegium, and the North Shore Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers have included Michael Senturia, Victor Yampolsky, Gunther Schuller, Kenneth Kiesler and Harold Farberman.