Ruth Ginelle Heald is a Chicago-based vocalist who is equally at home singing opera, musical theater, pop, and jazz styles. Operatic credits include Mrs. Soames in Rorem’s Our Town (Willamette Dramatic Vocal Arts), Featured Soloist in Purcell’s King Arthur (Chicago College of Performing Arts), and the title role in Carmen (Willamette Dramatic Vocal Arts). Musical theater highlights include Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Centerstage Productions, Oregon), Rose in Secret Garden (Willamette Dramatic Vocal Arts), and the title character in the world premiere of Jason Heald’s Constance (Oregon Musical Theatre Festival). Ruth has been a featured soloist with Chicago Choral Artists, Portland Symphonic Choir, Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble, Willamette Master Chorus, and Umpqua Chamber Orchestra. On scholarship, she attended the opera studio program at American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Ruth’s career as a freelance percussionist with various rock, pop, and folk artists expands from festival rock stages to intimate acoustic music venues. Her endeavors as a singing drummer have taken her around the world, including tours in Spain, Ireland, England, and China. Ruth regularly sings and plays drums with Goldfoot, a high-energy funk-rock band based in Portland. Some of Ruth’s most memorable gigs include playing in the pit for 4×4=Musicals (a showcase of 8-minute musicals created for 4×4 foot stage) and performing on the mainstage at the Oregon-based “What The Festival.”
Ruth earned a Master of Music in Voice Performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts while serving as the Opera Graduate Assistant. A native Oregonian, Ruth completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Willamette University where she was a Rogers Scholar and Carson Grant recipient.