Loida Ruth Urdiales
Ruth Urdiales, violinist, is head of the music and string program at Linda Vista University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in the mountains of Chiapas in southern Mexico and affiliated with the University of Montemorelos until 2006. One of her first teaching positions was at UM, where she taught strings on a part-time basis. While teaching there, she started the Violin Consort, a group of thirteen- to eighteen-year old girls, an ensemble that enjoyed a reputation for excellence in performance.
Urdiales' childhood was spent at Montemorelos, where she had her first instruction in violin from Julian Lobsien. She continued study at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts and then completed a music performance degree in 1998 at Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, in Maryland. At both schools she was in the New England Youth Ensemble under the direction of Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and traveled widely with them to China, Russia, and elsewhere.
When UM celebrated its 65th anniversary as a school and the 30th year of its music program in November 2007, she was chosen to give a joint recital with two other former teachers.
Sources: information provided by Ruth Urdiales through Ruth Ann Wade, 2008; Online sources.