Ruth Anderson

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In the photo above Ruth Anderson (Composer) is on the left. Barbara Swant (Lyricist) is on the right.

Ruth Anderson grew up in central Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN in vocal education and organ performance. After music study in the far east and graduate work through Ball State University, Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria, and Hamline University she began teaching public middle school music in Barron, Wisconsin. Ruth has years of directing Illini Girls State music, presenter at Wisconsin Music Educators Convention and appears in ORGAN AND HARPSICHORD MUSIC BY WOMEN COMPOSERS by Adel Heinrich, Greenwood Press.

Barbara Swant grew up in Silver Bay, Minnesota and received her Bachelors of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She also holds a Masters of Science degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Barbara taught Language Arts before being a school psychologist for Barron Area Schools, Barron, Wisconsin. Ruth and Barbara are the composer and lyricist of many sacred and secular works for adults and children, including the full-length musical, MARY’S STORY. They own Purple Sand, a company engaged in the business of playwriting, songwriting, play production, and commissioned works. They also owned, remodeled and built a successful business in County Seat Saloon & Steakhouse, a banquet and entertainment facility in Barron, Wisconsin.

Ruth and Barbara are ASCAP members. They were named Gospel Songwriters of the Year in 2006 at the Nashville Symposium and were happy to be included in Donne en Musica Library, Rome, Italy in 2008.

Ruth’s email address is


Title Genre Level Price
Black Gold (Sop. or Alto w/Piano) Vocal solo EAS/INT $1.40
Celebration March (Organ) Piano INT $2.00
Crossroads of the Cultures Orchestra INT $75.00
Marys Story CD $15.00
Oh, My Lord (Tenor Voice & Orch.) Orchestra INT $75.00
Sleep Little Children (SATB) Choral INT $1.80
Sleep Little Children (Vocal solo w/Pno) Vocal solo EASY $3.00
Sleep Little Children (Vocal solo w/Pno) Christmas Music EASY $3.00
Sleep Little Children (Vocal solo w/Pno) Sacred music EASY $3.00

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