Ruthanna C. Metzgar, DMA

Professional and Teaching Experience

Private Voice Teacher-Specializing in vocal technique and rehabilitation for singers with damaged voices (1966-present)

Creator, Founder and Director of Songshine: Gaining Vocal Strength Through the Power of Music: A voice rehabilitation class for people with Parkinson’s, stroke, other neurological disorders, or aging voices. Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA. November-March. 2006-2011.

•Co-Creator and Co-Teacher: SongShine Instructor Training Program: An Intensive Training Program for SongShine Instructors. Since 2010

President, SongShine Foundation. March, 2011

Presenter (Poster) SongShine: From Concept to Certification and Beyond-The Journey of an Idea: 22nd Annual International Conference Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Hosted by Stanford Hospital and Clinics, April 13-16, 2011.

Presenter: Film Festival, SongShine Documentary. 22nd Annual International Conference Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Hosted by Stanford Hospital and Clinics, April 15, 2011.

Presenter: SongShine: Gaining Vocal Strength through the Power of Music. 21st, Annual International Conference Society for the Arts in Healthcare, hosted by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 30, 2010

Guest Faculty: University of Washington Medical School Department of Otolaryngology Continuing Education: Evaluation and Management of Laryngeal Disorders (April 2003) Presented Lecture/Demonstration: The Key to a Healthy Singing Voice: Vocal Technique. Also a guest panelist for: An Analysis of Vocal Chord Disorders as Seen in Slides of Various Case Studies (April 4, 2003)

Guest Lecturer: University of Washington Medical School Grand Rounds (2002) Presented: An Understanding of Vocal Technique for the Physician Dealing with Vocal Cord Disorders in Singers.

Guest Lecturer: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA for Regional Joint Forum of Speech Pathologists and Otolaryngologists. Presented : Vocalize for Vocal Ease: A Lecture Demonstration of Vocal Exercises and Teaching Techniques Used in Developing and Maintaining a Healthy Singing Voice. (1999)

Elderhostel Faculty: The Firs Conference Center, Bellingham, WA Lecture Series: From Bach to Broadway: Character Sketches of Great Composers (1996-2002)

Choral and Voice Adjudicator: Public and Private Schools and NATS (1986-2000)

Choral Workshops: Creator and Teacher of Improving Choral Sound through Sound Vocal Technique (1988-present) A workshop for church or school choirs

Minister Music: Snohomish Community Church, Snohomish, WA. Conducted choir, orchestra, vocal ensembles, directed seasonal concerts and planned weekly services. (1993-2000)

Faculty: Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA-Voice Teacher, Conductor of Women’s Choir and MadriGals (1988-93)

Faculty: University of Washington (Extension)-Voice Teacher (1985-87)

Faculty: Messiah College, Grantham, PA-Voice Teacher (1976-78)

Musical Director and Orchestral Conductor: Harrisburg Civic Opera, Harrisburg, PA Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss (Orchestral Conducting Debut), Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan and various opera scenes (1976-78)

Conductor: Phoenix Choir of Baltimore, MD Semi professional Women’s Choir presenting annual television specials, multiple regional concerts, European Concert Tour (1972-73) Assistant Conductor (1971-72)

Teacher: Baltimore Public Schools-Grades 1-6 Vocal Music (1968-69)

Faculty: University of Wisconsin, River Falls-Voice Teacher, Choral Conducting, Music Education, Conductor of Women’s Choir, Conductor of Men’s Glee Club (1967-68)

Personal Continuing Education

Music Reinstruction and Functional Recovery in Cases of Traumatic Brain Injury

Presenters: Anita Steele, MT-BC-MM, Director, Music Therapy Program, Ohio University School of Music; Dale Taylor, PhD, MT-BC, visiting Professor of Music Therapy, Augsburg College and Alverno College, Robert McAllister, MM, Dean, Colburn School of Performing Arts; Christine blue, MM, Music Educator, Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake Public Schools. 22nd Annual International Conference Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Hosted by Stanford Hospital and Clinics, April 14, 2011.

The Science, Music and Art Behind Innovative Programming for Alzheimer’s Disease Population Presenters: Linda Levine Madori, Ph.D. ATR-BC, LCAT, Professor and Researcher, St. Thomas Aquinas College; Laurie Lundsford, Musician; Elizabeth Lokon, Ph.D. MGS, Gerontologist. International Arts in Healthcare Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 29, 2010.

Musical Art: Reconnecting to the Creative Self in Persons with Dementia

Maya Benattar. MA. MT-BC, Music Therapist; Lauren Tomaino, MA, Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester. International Arts in Healthcare Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 30, 2010.

Proving the Health Benefits of Lifelong Singing: Working with Aging Singers

Brenda Smith, DMA, Associate Professor, University of Florida, Center for the Arts in Healthcare; Ron Burrichter, MM, Professor of Music, University of Florida. International Arts in Healthcare Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 30, 2010.

Teaching Women to Sing: Vocal Pedagogy for Soprano, Mezzo and Contralto Voices, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana. Prof. Paul Kiesgen, Dr. Richard Miller, Costanza Cuccaro, Carol Vaness, Patricia Wise June 2-7, 2008

The Effects of Medication on the Voice. Various Otolaryngologists. Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA. (10/99)

The Healthy Voice/Understanding the Importance of Videostroboscopy. Eastside Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, Kirkland, WA Lecturer - Dr. Kenneth D. Faw, MD, (2/93)

Treatments of Vocal Cord Paralysis: Which One and Why? Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA Lecturer - Maureen E. Luis, MS-CCC, and Felix Chu, MD (4/93)

Benign, Minimal Vocal Fold Lesions in Singers: Treatment Options. Lecturers-Kenneth D. Faw, MD, and Martin T. Nevdahl, MS. Anatomy and Physiology of the Larynx; An Overview Lecturer-Maureen E. Luis, MS-CCC Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA (8/93)


Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice University of Washington (1993)

Master of Music in Voice University of Michigan (1967)

Bachelor of Music in Voice University of Michigan (1966)

Interlochen National Music Camp Interlochen, Michigan (June-August 1958-65)

Voice and Piano Studies Hope College (1952-1962)

Honors and Awards

Doctorate w/Distinguished Honors University of Washington (1993)

Oliver Ditson Scholar University of Michigan (1966-67)

Reagents Alumni Scholar University of Michigan (1962-1966)

Arion Music Award 1962

Performance: Voice and Conducting

Ruthanna has been a recitalist, soloist, and choral and orchestral conductor performing concerts in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Israel and Haiti. She has sung over 200 concerts in Japan and soloed on Japanese National Television. She has been a guest soloist with civic and university choirs and orchestras and a featured soloist in concerts at Meany Hall in Seattle and the Seattle Opera House. Additionally she was a guest soloist on the NBC Today Show. Ruthanna sings in eleven languages. She performs regularly with Best Friends Trio (, three musicians committed to bringing quality music programs to seniors living in Retirement, Assisted Living, and Nursing facilities.

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Society for Arts in Healthcare


Board of Directors for Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center:

Graduate: Mountaineer’s Basic Climbing Course. Ruthanna and her husband Roy are avid mountain scramblers and hikers. She has summitted over 250 times including the two highest peaks in the continental United States, 14,505’ Mt. Whitney (California-July 2007) and 14,440’ Mt. Elbert (Colorado-August 2006).