Jo Ruth was born and raised in Reinbeck, IA. She graduated from UNI in 1973 with a B.A. degree in music education and in 1986 with an M.A. degree in music education. Jo taught music in the public school system for 34 years, 31 years at Peet JHS in Cedar Falls, IA, she retired in 2008. She previously directed Cedar Harmony for 25 years and returned to directing the chorus in the summer of 2018. Her other accomplishments include directing a mixed chorus at Allen College (5 years), organist at Trinity Episcopal Parish, Waterloo (20+ years), Music Director, Choir.