Adjunct Faculty - Saxophone
College of Arts and Sciences
A prolific teacher, Ruthrauff has been invited to instruct master classes at institutions such as the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Illinois and DePaul University. He has participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Armonia program at the National Museum of Mexican Art, where he introduces music to children of the Pilsen area.
Currently, Ruthrauff teaches at Concordia University Chicago, North Park University, Harper College and several other music schools in the Chicago area. Performances with numerous prominent ensembles have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Contemporary Music Ensemble MusicNOW, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Chamber Players and the Fulcrum Point new music project. With an active solo and chamber music career, Ruthrauff has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
His interest of new music has often included world and Chicago premieres of new works by leading composers including John Harbison, John Adams, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Louis Andreissen, Iannis Xenakis, Franco Donatoni, John Cage and several others. Ruthrauff studied with world-renowned concert saxophonist Frederick Hemke at Northwestern University, where he was the concerto competition winner.
• BM, music performance, Northwestern University; Evanston, Ill.