Ruth Hertz Weber

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Ruth Hertz Weber
Birth nameRuth Karen Hertz
Also known asRuth Lopez-Yañez, Ruth Weber
OriginSan Diego, USA
GenresWorld Music, Children's music, new-age, Instrumental, classical, pop
Occupation(s)Composer, Conductor, Pianist, musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsPiano, Voice
Years active1980–present
LabelsBaa Baa Farms Music (ASCAP)
Websiteruthmakesmusic.com

Ruth Hertz Weber aka Ruth Lopez-Yañez is a San Diego based composer, conductor, and pianist. She is a member of The Recording Academy.[1]

Biography[edit]

As a composer, Ruth’s songs have been recorded in the U.S. and abroad, and she has been a winner of the New York Pro/Am Songwriting Competition, The Canadian Songwriting Competition, the Jewish American Songwriting Competition and the Music City Song Festival, among others. Her songs have appeared in film and print music.[2]

An advocate for education,[3] Ruth and her daughter Emilia Lopez-Yañez make up the children's music group Ruth and Emilia. Their debut album "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" received rave reviews[4][5] and won numerous awards including the [Hollywood Music in Media Awards].[6]

Ruth is presently the Artistic Director/Conductor of The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir,[7] which performs over 25 concerts per year in the Southern California area.[8] The choir released its first award-winning album, “Heritage,” on Jan.1, 2014,[9] and its second multi award-winning and Billboard (magazine) charting[10][11] album, KOCHI, in 2015.[12] Under Ruth's leadership the group received a proclamation from Mayor Todd Gloria proclaiming the men’s choir’s festival/ release party as Chanukah JAM Day 2013.[13] Ruth Weber and the Men's Choir have performed on national television as guests on the Chabad Telethon 2014[14] and on two Jewish Life Television episodes.[15] In 2018, Ruth organized a tour for the choir to travel to Omaha, NE, where they performed alongside the Omaha Symphony under the direction of conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez,[16][17] and later to Phoenix, AZ.[18]

Ruth Weber 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.

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[19] 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.[20] She organized and directed two JUMP festivals (Jews United in Music Performance)[21][22] which aimed to unite the community in song, raise money to buy trees in Israel and sponsor cultural activities in San Diego.

Ruth is also Artistic Director for the Jean Will Presents concert series at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California.[23]

As a classical pianist Ruth has performed internationally as well as in the U.S. She has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Opera Aguascalientes, CSUN, The San Fernando Valley Men’s Choir, and as a recording artist with the Marantz Pianocorder Division.

Discography[edit]

Title Artist Contribution Year
1st This Ain't the Number - Single Marie Lester Co-Writer 1986
2nd Oh My Baby Ruth Lopez-Yañez Artist/Composer 1990
3rd Eight Songs of Chanukah Ruth Lopez-Yañez Artist/Composer 1992
4th Me and the Kids Ruth, Emilia & Enrico Lopez-Yañez Artist/Composer 1997
5th Heritage San Diego Jewish Men's Choir Conductor/Producer 2015
6th Forever Strong, a Tribute to the USS Indianapolis Stephen Melillo Choral Conductor 2015
7th Kochi San Diego Jewish Men's Choir Conductor/Producer 2016
8th The Mitzvah Bus Mister G (children's performer) Choral Conductor 2016
9th Hineni, Music for the High Holy Days Cheri Weiss Pianist/Vocalist 2016
10th Shanti Samsara Ricky Kej Co-Composer/Choral Director 2016
11th Action Moves People United Multiple Artists Co-Composer/Choral Conductor 2016
12th Let's Have a Rockin Christmas Vol 2 Various Artists Co-Composer 2017
13th Buddha Lounge Art Tawanghar Co-Composer 2017
14th The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard Ruth and Emilia Artist/Composer/Producer 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Category Result
1986 New York Pro/Am Song Jubilee "This Ain't the Number" Country Won
1989 Hollywood Song Jubilee "This Ain't the Number" Country Won
1993 American Jewish Song Festival "Dreidel Sing Along" World Music Won
"Lion of Judea" World Music Won
2014 Global Music Awards[24] "Heritage" Album World Music Won
2015 Global Music Awards[25] "Kochi" Album World Music Won
2015 Parent's Choice Award[26] "The Mitzvah Bus" Album Children's Won
2016 Shalshelet 6th International Festival[27] "Dreydl Sing Along" Jewish Music Won
2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest[28] "Where Do I Live" Children's Nominated
2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards "Enlighten Your Soul" World Music Nominated
Dreydl Sing Along Holiday Nominated
2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards[29] "Distorted Time" New Age/Ambient Nominated
2017 Global Peace Song Awards[30] "Enlighten Your Soul" World Music Won
2018 Family Choice Awards[31] "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" Children's Won
2018 Global Music Awards[32] "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" Children's Won
2018 Creative Child Awards[33] "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" CDs Won
2018 Tillywig Toy Awards[34] "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" Children's Won
2018 Hot Diggity Awards[35] "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" Children's Won
2018 National Parenting Product Awards[36] "The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard" Kids and Families Won
2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winners[37] "Repair the World" Children's Won

Education[edit]

Ruth Lopez-Yañez Weber received her Bachelor of Music degree from San Diego State University (SDSU), and her Master of Music degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

External links[edit]

  • Ruth Weber's website for further information
  • "Discography on Allmusic". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  • "Discography on CD Baby". Retrieved 2017-11-22.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammy Pro". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Alfred Music". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  3. ^ "A focus on making positive difference for kids through music". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Get it or Forget it". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Watch Kids' Review of Spaceship that Fell in my Backyard". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Hollywood Music in Media Awards". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  7. ^ "San Diego Jewish Men's Choir". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  8. ^ "San Diego Jewish Men's Choir". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Heritage Album on CD Baby". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  10. ^ "World Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Heatseekers - Pacific". billboard.com. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Kochi Album on Amazon". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  13. ^ "San Diego Jewish World". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Chabad Telethon 2014". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Jewish Life Television". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  16. ^ "KVNO". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Omaha Symphony Press Release". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Jewish Life Arizona". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  19. ^ "The San Diego Union Tribune". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  20. ^ "The San Diego Union Tribune". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  21. ^ "The San Diego Union Tribune". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  22. ^ "The San Diego Union Tribune". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  23. ^ "San Diego Reader". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Global Music Awards - Winner July 2014". Global Music Awards. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  25. ^ "Global Music Awards - Winner July 2015". Global Music Awards. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  26. ^ "2016 Parents' Choice Award - Winners". Parents' Choice.org. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  27. ^ "Shalshelet 6th International Festival - Winning Composers". Shalshelet Festival. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  28. ^ "John Lennon Songwriting - Finalists". John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Hollywood Music in Media - Nominees". Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  30. ^ "Global Peace Song - Finalists". Global Peace Song Awards. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  31. ^ "2018 Family Choice Award". Family Choice Awards. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  32. ^ "Silver Medal Winners - Outstanding Achievement". Global Music Awards. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  33. ^ "Creative Child Awards CD Category". Creative Child Awards. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  34. ^ "Tillywig Toy Award". Tillywig Toy Awards. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  35. ^ "Hot Diggity Award". Hot Diggity Awards. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  36. ^ "Best Tunes for Kids and Families". NAPPA Awards. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  37. ^ "Tillywig Toy Award". John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Retrieved 23 December 2018.