Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Poets & Musicians

Ruth Lomon, composer

A native of Montreal, Ruth Lomon has been Composer/ Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University since 1998. She is currently writing an oratorio, Witnesses, for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, for which she received a grant from the Hadassah International Research Center.  Lomon  was commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble to compose a trumpet concerto, Odyssey, which was premiered in 1998 and her Requiem, for soprano, chorus, brass and woodwinds, was premiered in Boston in 1997 by Coro Allegro.  During 1995-6, Lomon was a fellow of the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe/ Harvard where she composed Songs of Remembrance, a song cycle of poems of the Holocaust. The work has had numerous performances, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. in April 1998 and the IAWM Congress in London, England in 1999, where she received the Miriam Gideon Composition Award.  In 2001, she also received the Chicago Professional Musicians Award for the 10th and last song of the cycle, which is set for mezzo-soprano, English horn, and piano.  Lomon  attended le Conservatoire de Quebec and McGill University.  She continued her studies with Frances Judd Cooke at the New England Conservatory of Music and later, with Witold Lutoslawski at Darlington College, England.