Jonathan Rudy

Jonathan Rudy
Jonathan Rudy
Jonathan D. Rudy is recognized by colleagues and audiences for excellence as a performer, church musician, improviser, educator, and conductor. A native of Batavia, Illinois, Mr. Rudy's recent concert appearances have included Cambridge MA, Columbus GA, Terre Haute IN, Kokomo IN, Bloomington IN, and Charlotte NC. These engagements included recitals, competitions, and dedicatory/commemorative events. Upcoming performances include Sacramento CA in July, as well as an appearance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston TX.

Mr. Rudy is a laureate of several performance competitions and most recently won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the American Guild of Organists 2014 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, the Guild's premiere young organist competition. He was also a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, as well as the Second Prize Winner of the Regional Competition for Young Organists (Quimby Competition) in 2011. He received the Immanuel Organ Scholar Award in 2009 (Evanston, IL) in recognition of excellence in performance and sacred music, as well as high praise and prizes during competitions hosted in Detroit, Bloomington IN, Wheaton IL, and Glen Ellyn IL.

In addition to appearances as organist and church musician, Mr. Rudy maintains a career as a conductor. He studies Choral Conducting at Indiana University with Dr. William Gray and Dr. Richard Tangyuk, and regularly leads choral and instrumental ensembles. He has served as conductor for the Valparaiso University Men's Chorus, the AGO Bloomington Choralfest Ensemble, and the choral and instrumental ensembles at his church positions, amongst other leadership positions.

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Mr. Rudy keeps a rigorous academic schedule, currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, where he also received his Masters Degree. There he studies organ with Janette Fishell, improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick, and is pursuing minors in Music Theory and Choral Conducting. Mr. Rudy completed his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University, studying Organ and Sacred Music with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert. While at Valparaiso, he was initiated into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honors society, and received the Reidenbach Award in Church Music. In his early years he studied organ with Karl Bruhn and piano with his mother, Melinda J. Rudy.

Jonathan D. Rudy currently serves as the Organist of Central Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute (IN), and is an Associate Instructor of Music Theory and Aural Skills at Indiana University. He tutors students privately in Aural Skills, Music Theory, and Voice. Mr. Rudy has served as Dean and Member-At-Large of the AGO Bloomington Chapter (Region V), and currently maintains an amateur recording studio.

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