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Karen MacDonald Ruymann

Music History Faculty; Opera & Vocal Studies Faculty

Karen MacDonald Ruymann received her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in music education. She graduated summa cum laude with a M.M. in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she later received an Artist Diploma in advanced studies.

After enjoying a flourishing singing career in the Midwest, she moved to Boston to raise her family and earned her M.A. in musicology from Boston University. Ruymann is currently finishing her thesis for her Ph.D. Her area of scholarly interest lies in the intersection of the 17th-century poet, John Dryden, and the beginnings of opera in post-Restoration England. She also is an advocate for contemporary American music.

Ruymann is currently a lecturer at The Boston Conservatory, as well as Emerson College. She has also taught at Boston University and Dean College, and she frequently lectures for several suburban Boston opera clubs. Ruymann has appeared as a guest lecturer for Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) and has recently been elected to serve on the advisory board for the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.

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