Solis, Choir of the Sun, (originally Solis Camerata) began in 2011 at Arizona State University as an early music choir. Solis now performs in their ninth season as a professional choir of eight to fourteen singers in Phoenix, Arizona. Their repertoire draws from a wide variety of early music styles such as chant, polyphony, folk songs, oratorio, video game, and film music as well as contemporary compositions. Phoenix audiences enjoy the alluring elegance of early music through concerts that reveal the historical, aesthetic and philosophical importance of ancient secular and sacred music.
This season, Solis performed for the third time with Emmy-Award Winning Composer, Ramin Djawadi for the Game of Thrones live concert experience (October 2019). Additionally, they will perform for the second time with Arnie Roth as he conducts the Phoenix Symphony for Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy (September 2019). In 2018 they performed at the Phoenix Sing festival which presented the music of world-renowned choral composer and guest of the festival, Morten Lauridsen. Solis appeared with the Phoenix Symphony for the Zelda, Symphony of the Goddesses concert in November 2017. In 2016, Solis Camerata had the honor of performing at the 2016 ACDA Western Division Conference, in February 2016 in Pasadena, California.
Solis collaborates yearly with Catholic Phoenix to produce the Sacred Music Concert Series, a yearly music program highlighting historical music of the church. The ensemble has also performed for and with Bartholomew Faire, Cornua Irae, the Phoenix Symphony, Classical Revolution Phoenix, the Chaucer Festival at ASU, The Irish Cultural Center, the Arizona Bach Festival, Phoenix Early Music Society’s Kaleidoscope Concert, Christ Church of the Ascension’s Second Sunday Concert Series (an ASU Herberger Institute School of Music Community partnership), Arizona ProArt’s program Shakespeare in the Desert, and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s Time out for the Arts concert series. Furthermore, Solis had the distinct opportunity to sing with Irish band, the Chieftains, for their 50th Anniversary Tour.
FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Dr. Rugen is an active conductor, composer, and professional soprano. She previously worked as a faculty member at Grand Canyon University, where she taught Music History, Conducting, and Fundamentals of Music and Culture for Diverse Learners. Additionally, she worked at Arizona Christian University as the Director of Choral Activities and Musical Theater. As a faculty associate at Arizona State University, she conducted Schola Cantorum, the SATB choir for music majors, and Choral Union, the 100+ community choir. In 2011, she founded Solis (formerly Solis Camerata), a professional early music choir in Phoenix which performed in February 2016 at the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Rugen is in her seventeenth season as a soprano with the Phoenix Chorale. Her album credits include their 2009 Grammy award-winning album for Best Small Ensemble, A Spotless Rose, as a soloist. Additionally, she sang on the 2016 Grammy Award Winning album for Best Choral Performance, Rachmaninoff, All Night Vigil.
As a member of Anúna (Ireland’s National Choir) under the direction of Michael McGlynn, Dr. Rugen has performed in Dublin, and throughout China and Japan.
In February 2008, she sang in the Carnegie Hall Young Artist Concert Series under the direction of Ton Koopman, performing the music of G.F. Handel. Additionally, she has sung as a soloist nationally and internationally at Lincoln Center, Durham University for the Norvis Early Music Festival, China’s National Center for the Performing Arts and in Italy, Ireland, and Korea.
As a composer, Dr. Rugen’s pieces have been performed by Solis, Vox Musica, Master Chorale of Flagstaff, Phoenix Chorale, Inspirare Nova, ASU Men’s Choir, Pinnacle Presbyterian Chancel Choir, and Orpheus Male Chorus. In November 2017 she traveled to Brittany France to conduct the premiere of her piece, Saint-Brieuc Magnificat, with the children and youth choirs at St. Brieuc Cathedral. They went on to perform that piece in Barcelona for the Congrès de Barcelone 2018 - Pueri Cantores, July 2018,