2010 Award Recipient
Miss Ruth Pace holds a degree from the University of Kentucky, where she was accompanist of the university choir and president of the music organization, Phi Beta. Her first job after graduation was with Martinsville City Schools, where she taught at the elementary and junior high levels, after which she spent the majority of her 40-year tenure teaching at the high school level. She directed several choral groups, produced a play and musical every year and was very active in state music activities, serving as president of the Virginia Choral Directors' Association and president of the Virginia Music Educators' Association.
For many years, Miss Pace was accompanist for the Festival Chorus of the Virginia Music Camp at Massanetta Springs, and the year of her retirement, she had the distinguished honor of being the only Virginia teacher to conduct a camp chorus.
During her career at Martinsville, she received a Ford Foundation Grant which allowed her to take a sabbatical year as a student at the Julliard School of Music, study voice with a Metropolitan Opera soprano, and sing in the Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel Choir and Riverside Church Choir.
After 25 years of retirement, Miss Pace still teaches private music students every day of the week. She considers herself blessed with her family, her students and her many happy years as an educator.