IMG_2085Ruth Lopez-Yañez Weber has directed a wide variety of performing ensembles over the last 20 years. As one of the music directors at the First United Methodist Church in Escondido, Ruth directed the Children’s Choir, the Youth Choir, the Church Orchestra, the Disciple Singers, and ran the Children’s Choir Festival for several years. As music director for Ner Tamid Synagogue in Rancho Bernardo, Ruth formed and directed the Ner Tamid Choir and the Klezmattack Ensemble. She organized and directed two JUMP festivals (Jews United in Music Performance) which united the whole community in song, and raised money to buy trees in Israel and sponsor cultural activities in San Diego.

Ruth was named music director for the Center for Jewish Cultural Renaissance after her success with these festivals. Ruth was the founder of the Cuyamaca College Chorus and the Accompanying Ensemble at Palomar College. She organized the “A Night at the Opera” fundraiser concerts, which raised over $30,000 the first year, benefiting the student support services at Poway High School, and saving the valuable program for two years in a row.

Ruth is presently the artistic-director/conductor of The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir, which performs over 25 concerts per year in the southern California area. The choir released its first award-winning album, “Heritage,” on Jan.1, 2014, and its second multi award-winning and BILLBOARD charting album, KOCHI, in 2015. The picture above shows Ruth receiving a proclamation from Mayor Todd Gloria proclaiming the men’s choir’s recent festival/ release party as Chanukah JAM Day 2013.
Ruth is also Artistic Director for the Jean Will Presents… concert series at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

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