Dr. Ruth Foley is an experienced performer of oratorio, opera, art song, and musical theatre. While completing her undergraduate studies in Regina and Winnipeg, Canada, she won many vocal competitions and was twice a Rose Bowl finalist and a Metropolitan opera contender. Her voice teacher at the Conservatory of Music in Regina, Jan van der Gucht, is a noted British tenor with an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of Music.
Dr. Foley is also an experienced soloist in sacred music, having been employed as a singer in the nationally televised program, CBC's Hymn Sing. She was also featured in many television productions presented by Canada's second largest church, Calvary Temple.
While studying as a graduate student in Lincoln, Neb., Dr. Foley was a member of the esteemed oratorio society, "Abendmusik," in which she gained further experience as an oratorio soloist. While studying at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was given lead operatic roles in Mozart's Impresario and Don Giovanni.
Dr. Foley is a recipient of multiple Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who among American Women. Her students consistently receive top placements at State and Regional NATS competitions. She is a published author in the NATS Journal of Singing, and her 347-page dissertation on the songs of Gustav Charpentier is published by the Bibliothèque Nationale du Canada. Besides her love for teaching and performing, Dr. Foley is passionate about her role as a church musician and has held positions in this area throughout most of her life. She is currently organist and choir director at Timberlake Christian Church in Lynchburg.
Dr. Foley joined the faculty of Liberty University in the fall of 1992. Dr. Foley's husband, Dr. Chris Foley, teaches French and Spanish at Liberty, and their two grown children received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from Liberty. Dr. Foley loves animals, and their current family additions are a Pomeranian, Persian, Gerbil, and Beta (Gypsy, Zaza, Geraldine, and Flash).