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Ruth Barton Gatrell

Ruth Barton Gatrell PhotoRuth Barton Gatrell
IndustryComposers Guild
TitlePresident
ExpertiseComposition, music typesetting, Gatrell Publishing Co., conductor Ruth Gatrell Singers
Current OrganizationComposer Guild
Type of OrganizationNonprofit to help composers at any level of endeavor in every way possible
Major ProductSponsoring Composers Guild Annual Composition Contest, deadline August 31st, and presenting four concerts of new works by composers each year and various classes
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeB.A., University of Utah, 1942
BornDecember 23, 1921, Farmington, Utah
AffiliationsDocent at Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum
Hobbies & SportsPhotography, travel, camping and family activities, hiking, cake decorating, gardening, family history, providing music for church services, sewing, letter writing, offering encouragement and opportunities for other composers
Career AccomplishmentsLearned to read music at age 3 by sitting by her sister Helen as she practiced the piano. As requested, each time she stopped she would point to the music where she would start to play, and by watching where she placed her hands, learned to read music. By age 5 she played piano prelude music for Primary Conference. She played her first professional job as a violinist at age 11, was concertmistress of youth orchestra and concertmistress of University of Utah Symphony for 3 years. Compositions, many of them award winning, include a cantata, choral, children's, popular songs, arrangements, and solos for piano and violin. The Ruth Gatrell Singers give several concerts of her original music each year
Work History1942-43, Science Teacher, Salt Lake City School District; 1943-45, Microtechnician, University of Utah Medical School; 1945-48, Violinist, Utah Symphony; 1986-present, President of Composers Guild
ChildrenShwana B.G. Dortzbach, 1946; Dr. Cloyd B. Gatrell, 1948; Dr. Arn B. Gatrell, 1950; Garth B. Gatrell, 1952; Aleta B.G. Grandy, 1954; Tamara B.G. Van Tassell, 1956; Lance B. Gatrell, 1960; Quinn B. Gatrell, 1961; 45 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren
SpouseWallace Bassett Gatrell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret'd
MarriedJuly 18, 1945
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