Dr. Courtney Ruth, Violin/Viola

Dr. Ruth is not available for Summer 2022 Camp, but we hope to welcome her back for Summer 2023!


Dr. Courtney Ruth is the founding director of the orchestra program at River Oaks Baptist School in Houston, Texas.  Before heading to Texas, Courtney taught orchestra in Seoul, South Korea and Naples, Florida.

Courtney was first introduced to the violin in 5th grade through the public school program in Jefferson City, Missouri.  She attended the University of Missouri for her B.M and M.M. in violin performance and completed her D.M.A at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2015.  When not doing musical things, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking (mostly eating), and hiking.  Courtney and her husband have traveled to 39 countries together as well as all 50 states. 


Ellie Herrera, Cello/Bass

Ellie Herrera enjoys both teaching and performing cello.  Ellie was born in London, U.K., but is now a naturalized Texan.  She maintains a private teaching studio, while performing in many renowned orchestras.  She has performed, toured, and recorded with orchestras, including The Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia.  She has also recorded and played with popular artists such as Gwen Stefani and Josh Groban.  Her favorite tour was the World Tour with The Three Tenors. 


Ellie attended Kinder HSPVA, Eastman Conservatory of Music; she earned her BA in Music from University of Houston.  She also holds an MS in Nutrition.