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An Interview with Composer Ruth Elaine Schram

Ruth Elaine Schram conducting
Ruth Elaine Schram interview

Clips of choral music provided courtesy of BriLee publishers and Ruth Elaine Schram.  They include

Song of the Open Road (opening song)

In a Gadda Da Vida

All for a Baby (not the song mentioned, but a similar Christmas song)

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (words by Shakespeare)
   I love this piece!  It's so simple, easy to play, and the lyrics are the star.  What an inspiring piece of music.

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, my arrangement (not available in print or mp3, clip at )

Youtube performance of Walk In Jerusalem, a Rollo Dillworth song with a tough and rockin' piano part

How Can I Keep From Singing (end credits)

Ruth Elaine Schram wrote her first song at the age of twelve, and her first octavo was published twenty years later, in 1988. In 1992, she became a full-time composer and arranger and now has over 1,700 published works.  Over sixteen million copies of her songs have been purchased in their various venues, and she has been a recipient of the ASCAP Special Award each year since 1990.  In addition to her choral music for church and school choirs, her songs appear on thirty albums (four of which have been Dove Award Finalists) and numerous children's videos, including sixteen songs on four gold videos, and four songs on one multi-platinum video.  Her songs have also appeared on such diverse television shows as "The 700 Club" and HBO's acclaimed series "The Sopranos."
Ruthie began piano and theory lessons at the age of five. She studied music at Lancaster Bible College and Millersville State College and taught Elementary Music in Pennsylvania for several years. She now lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Scott Schram (his site, not music related), and they have two grown daughters, Crystie and Celsie.
Her current published works, with audio excerpts and select pages of the scores, are listed on her web site: choralmusic.com

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