Lucy Owen Hoyt and Eric Ruple to Give Recital Sept. 15

September 01, 2015


Dr. Lucy Owen Hoyt, adjunct instructor in music at Bridgewater College, will present a soprano voice recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

Dr. Eric Ruple, professor and Steinway Artist at James Madison University, will accompany her on the piano

For her recital, Hoyt will perform a Swedish song by Wilhelm Stenhammar, Chansons de Bilitis, a three-song set by Claude Debussy and songs of Reynaldo Hahn.

The program also includes a set of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann that will be connected by readings from their personal diaries and correspondence. Bridgewater College students will present the readings.

Hoyt earned a master’s degree in voice performance from James Madison University and a doctor of musical arts in voice performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Her most recent performances include solo recitals in the greater Shenandoah Valley area, as well as a solo recital for the Edinburg Festival-Fringe in Scotland. Hoyt’s oratorio roles include Gabriel in Haydn’s Creation, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Requiem, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Jonathan Willcock’s Magnificat.

Hoyt serves on the executive board of the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Ruple earned a master’s degree in piano performance from Arizona State University, an artist diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a doctorate from the University of Michigan.

He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., including a solo concert of the music of Beethoven, and at Steinway Hall in New York City. He has been a pianist for the Richmond and Virginia symphonies. Ruple has performed at the American Liszt Society Convention and in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

The recital is free and open to the public.