gary ruschman | onstage
ConcertEqually at home with orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, and rock bands, Gary Ruschman has appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts and A Prairie Home Companion, and with major and regional organizations worldwide, including the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and the Prague Choral Festival.
An experienced performer with historically-informed Baroque ensembles, he has recently been a tenor soloist with the Festival Musique en l'Île de Paris, Festival di Urbino Musica Antica, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Glorious Revolution's performances of Messiah. Concert engagements this season include Bach's Magnificat with University of Minnesota at Morris and Monteverdi's Vespers with Consortium Carissimi.
The tenor also regularly presents new and contemporary scores, singing recent performances of Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, and world premieres of new jazz works set to ancient Italian texts by Jeremy Walker, as well as compositions by Nico Muhly, Edie Hill, Jocelyn Hagen, Byron Adams, Mary Ellen Childs, and Linda Tutas Haugen.
Opera/TheatreAfter completing musical studies at Northern Kentucky University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Gary apprenticed at Portland Opera and has sung to critical acclaim across the United States, in nearly forty roles, ranging from ancient masterworks to world premieres.
He recently sang the title role in Acis & Galatea for Twin Cities Early Music Festival, appeared as both Jove and Pisandro in West Edge Opera's Return of Ulisse, and performed in a recent upper-Midwest tour of Hagen and Freeh's Test Pilot. As the nursemaid Lisa la Vecchia in the first performances of Pasquini's Il Tirinto outside of Italy in the 1670s, he provided "a little masterpiece of comic vocalism and neat timing, expertly debunking the puffed-up posturing around him without ever going hammy." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
Pop/JazzGary’s pop and jazz appearances include shows with legends Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and performances at New York City’s Birdland, Cincinnati's Blue Wisp, The Beach Chalet, Plush Room, and Paradise Lounge in San Francisco, and Minnesota's Dakota jazz club. He has sung back-up vocals with Pray for Rain, ZikZak, Andy Williams and Marcel Khalife, and worked on dozens of studio projects.
He was a founding member of Northern Kentucky University's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and created Cantus' critically-acclaimed annual sell-out Covers concerts. He currently plays in the St. Paul band Four Hour Parking and is writing new songs for an upcoming album release.