During 2009, Sharon Ruchman's compositions were selected by the National Composers Association to be performed in Portola, California as part of the “Music Under the Redwoods” concert. Two of her compositions were also performed that year during the 10th Annual Hartford Women Composers Festival in Hartford, Connecticut. For the past year, her compositions have also been played on Connecticut's two classical music stations, WSHU and WMNR.
The new “Arrival of Spring” CD features seven pieces anywhere from 1 to 3 movements on 16 tracks. “This CD begins with a very strong piece, ‘String Quartet in F Sharp Minor’ and ends with a very strong piece as well, “Exultation”
Ruchman explained that she has written a second CD one year after the release of her first CD because she was, “Inspired and the ideas kept flowing. Throughout this past year I felt so full of music. I wanted to continue with composing so I could share my music with the public in this region as well as across the United States and internationally.”
“Memoria Dolci” (for Rudy), Track 6-8, is a piece that Ruchman created in memory of her uncle, Rudolph Fuchs. “Rudy was my non-musician grandfather’
Ruchman earned her Master of Music (MM) degree from the Yale School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music (BM) degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. She was an accompanist with the New England Conservatory chorus, and upon graduation she returned to Yale School of Music to study composition with Yale graduate, teacher and accomplished composer, Orianna Webb. From there, she went on to teach music in the West Haven, Connecticut elementary school while she pursued her singing career and performed throughout Connecticut.
During 2007 and 2008, Sharon Ruchman wrote several compositions and began working with several northwestern Connecticut area musicians. Her love of composition has led Ruchman to become a member of several professional composers associations including the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and IAWN, International Alliance for Women in Music.
All the pieces on Sharon Ruchman’s new “Arrival of Spring” CD were performed, recorded and produced in the historic Hebert Hebbard House in Washington, Connecticut in cooperation with Alec Head of Westport, Connecticut, and in The Dome in Southbury, Connecticut with Gary Bertz.
Brief intervals for each of the 7 compositions on 16 tracks on “Arrival of Spring” can be heard on Sharon Ruchman’s website, www.sharonruchman.com. Orders for the CD can also be placed on the site.