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Ruby Fulton


Baltimore, MD   

Baltimore-based musician Ruby Fulton (b.1981) writes music which invites listeners to explore non-musical ideas through sound. Her musical portfolio includes explorations into mental illness, buddhism, philosophy, psychedelic drugs, addiction, chess strategy, and profiles of iconic popular figures Syd Barrett, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ringo Starr. 

Her compositions have recently been performed by the Boulder Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the Holland Symfonia, Ensemble Klang, and members of Newspeak at the 25th Anniversary Bang on a Can Marathon. She has been a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (2010) and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (2007) and her music has been featured in the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival (2011), the Gaudeamus Festival (2010) and the A•Devantgarde Festival in Munich (2007, 2013). She has been in residency at the Hermitage (2012), Yaddo (2009), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2008). She received a 2011 commission from the Fromm Foundation for The Way of the Mob for Newspeak. She teaches composition at the Shenandoah Conservatory, music theory at the Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University, and violin privately and at the Waldorf School of Baltimore.

In addition to composing and teaching, she works as co-artistic director of the experimental vocal collective Rhymes With Opera, now in their sixth season. She is a multi-instrumentalist, performing trumpet, flugelhorn, violin, and keys in a variety of Baltimore bands. She received a 2012 Changemaker Award from the Urbanite Magazine of Baltimore for her contributions to the city’s culture.


Articles by Ruby Fulton:

Articles August 26 2015 | By Ruby Fulton
Sonic Uprising: Songs for Freddie Gray

Creative work in a time and place of crisis is essential to a community coping with tragedy and can become a necessary and powerful agent of change. If we truly...

Headlines August 2 2011 | By Ruby Fulton
Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival: A World of Their Own Making

Bang on a Can composer-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe don’t just create music. They’ve also created a utopian environment where independent-minded young composers and performers gather every...

Articles September 13 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: The Winners Announced

By Ruby Fulton The winners are announced on the final day of Gaudeamus Music Week 2010.

Articles September 12 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: The Final Stretch

By Ruby Fulton The festival is drawing to a close but the music keeps on coming.

Articles September 11 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: A Few Good Surprises

By Ruby Fulton Johannes Kreidler's video Product Placements, "Night of the Unexpected" at Paradiso, and canal dragging for bikes.

Articles September 10 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: Gamelan By Heart

Ruby Fulton It makes me wonder if rehearsing and performing are more like the same thing to a gamelan ensemble, as opposed to the Western model, where everything is meant...

Articles September 9 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: A Cornucopia of Composition

By Ruby Fulton Day three of the Gaudeamus Festival was even more music packed than the previous days, with three concerts in three different venues, and performances of eighteen pieces,...

Articles September 8 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: Getting the Grand Tour

By Ruby FultonIt's cool that there are so many venues involved in the festival, inviting listeners to explore lots of different parts of the city.

Articles September 7 2010 | By Ruby Fulton
Gaudeamus Music Week 2010: Reporting Live

Composer Ruby Fulton, whose orchestral piece Road Ranger Cowboy has been nominated for the 2010 Gaudeamus Prize, is currently live in Amsterdam and will be filing reports of the ongoing...