Ruth Greenfield studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. Paris , truly cosmopolitan, had no time nor place for racism. It profoundly affected Ruth, so that upon her return to the United states in the 1960’s, this American pianist and teacher broke racial barriers through classical music. She brought together black and white students taught by black and white teachers in this very segregated city of Miami.
She was the first head of the music department at Miami Dade college bringing the lunchtime Lively Arts concert series to the steps of the Courthouse. Today, at age 97, she is as involved with music and civil responsibilities as ever.
Our connection to Ruth Greenfield runs deep: she, together with Loretta Dranoff and Martin Bookspan, was one of the founders of the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation.