Gary Ruschman is an American vocal artist, conductor, and award-winning composer.
An avid early music performer, Gary has soloed with Festival Musique en l’Ile de Paris, Urbino Early Music Festival, American Bach Soloists, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Cal Bach, Glorious Revolution, and Minnesota Bach Ensemble, and recently performed to critical acclaim in Monteverdi’s Ulisse with West Edge Opera, and as the comic nurse Lisa la Vecchia in Pasquini’s Il Tirinto with Consortium Carissimi. He toured and recorded with Cantus vocal ensemble for a decade, and has appeared with the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Portland Opera, San Francisco Opera Center, Kennedy Center, West Edge Opera, Prague Choral Festival, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, and A Prairie Home Companion.
Gary currently serves as Director of Music at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Paul, along with music director posts with Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta and OVation!, the portable chamber ensemble of One Voice Mixed Chorus. He has led performances by Blue Waters Brass, Bach Society of Minnesota’s Bach with Friends retreats, and was chorusmaster for Twin Cities Early Music Festival’s 2015 production of Gluck’s Orfeo.
The Kentucky native recently wrote a children’s opera co-commissioned by Minnesota Opera and Nobles County Integration Collaborative, and received a 2017 Faith Partners residency from American Composers Forum. Gary earned degrees with honors from Northern Kentucky University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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