Beth Ratay Biography

Beth Ratay has been composing and performing for over 25 years. As a composer, she has had works performed around the world, by soloists such as Javier Montilla, Robert Heimann, Gonzalo Teppa, Joshua Gardner, Seth Vatt and Kyle Forsthoff and ensembles such as The Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Opera Collaborative, Coalescence Percussion Duo, the Cambridge Chamber Singers, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, the Willamette University Wind Ensemble, the Arizona State University Concert Band and the University of Colorado Wind Ensemble, and conductors such as Gregory Gentry, Allan McMurray, Grant Linsell, Nathaniel Berman and Camille Chitwood. Her works have been featured at the April in Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Festival, the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford and the Society of Composers, Inc National Conference.

Dr. Ratay received her Doctor of Musical Arts in World Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her Master of Music in Music Composition from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her musical research has focused on the music of Harrison Birtwistle as well as text setting, poetic interpretation and the relationship of language to music, especially in Czech, German and English. She has studied with composers David Evan Jones, Paul Nauert, James DeMars, and Michael Theodore.

Beth is also active as both a flutist and a singer. She was the principal flutist for the University of California, Santa Cruz Orchestra and also performed for the April in Santa Cruz New Music Festival for three consecutive years. She is currently a member of the Back Bay Chorale and the Cambridge Chamber Singers. In the past, she has been a member of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Beth is currently the Artistic Director for the Boston New Music Initiative.

Dr. Ratay also enjoys teaching, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. In the past, she has taught courses at Hartnell College, Gavilan College, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.