RUTH DENTON (OBOE)


Ruth Denton is a performer and teacher interested in historical performance, choral singing, sacred music and everything oboe. Raised in St. Andrews, Manitoba, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manitoba. Ruth moved to Toronto to study baroque oboe with John Abberger (Tafelmusik) and also to complete an Advanced Certificate in Performance at the University of Toronto. She will soon complete a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance at the University of Toronto in 2016.

Her passion for music has led her to perform in the United States and every province of Canada. As a baroque oboist, Ruth has performed with the Talisker Players, Grand River Chorus, Pax Christi Chorale, and the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum. Her enthusiasm to learn about historical performance has led her to programs such as Amherst Early Music Festival, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. She performed two operas at the Amherst Early Music Festival, last summer as principal oboe for Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes and this year in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido under the direction of Kevin Mallon.

As a modern oboist, Ruth has performed with the National Youth Band of Canada, Manitoba Underground Opera, and various other ensembles. This past May she performed a recital in Denton Hall at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) on both modern and baroque oboe. When not playing oboe, Ruth can be found engaging in her lifelong passion of choral singing as a member of Pax Christi Chorale and the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum.