Conductor and violinist DAVID RUDGE has been named orchestra conductor at the North Carolina Governor’s School in Raleigh. He is also music director of the Orchard Park (N.Y.) Symphony and director of orchestras and opera at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches free improvisation and founded the College Chamber Orchestra and an ensemble known as The Improv.Collective. Previous posts include music director of the Orquesta Sinfônica Nacional de Guatemala and assistant conductor of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Columbia (S.C.) Lyric Opera and Ballet. A two-time winner of the International Opera Conductors’ Competition, Rudge has performed with and guest conducted ensembles in the U.S., the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Syria, Rome, Caracas, Romania, and Cairo. He has served on the faculties of the Conductor’s Institute at Bard and the American String Teachers Association, and has led numerous all-state orchestras. Rudge studied conducting at the Darlington School in England, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Pierre Monteux School in Maine, Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School, the National Conservatory in Romania, and as a student of Donald Portnoy and Harold Farberman at The Conductor’s Institute.
Posted June 4, 2010