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New Music Director to start at Assumption Church!

 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Charles Rus as Music Director of Assumption Church.  A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charles received degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, the Folkwang Hochscule fur Musik in Essen, Germany.

 

He has worked with organ builders George Bozeman and Fritz Noack and has helped restore various organs, including the E. M. Skinner organ in Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also an organ consultant and in that capacity has helped to bring the significant John Brombaugh Opus 9 to Sonoma State University.

 

Charles has been organist for the San Francisco Symphony, organ teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, organist for Temple Emanu-El, SF, Organist and Choir Director at Corpus Christi Church, Rochester, and Musician for St. Thomas Episcopal, Seattle.

 

Besides being an accomplished performer, Charles is a a composer and owns three pipe organs of his own. As well as his ministry at Assumption, Charles will also be organ tuner and maintainer at Kerner and Merchant Pipe Organs.  Our organist-emeritus, Mr. Glenn Armstrong, describes his successor thus: "We are very fortunate to get him, and I'm excited to have him brought on board.  He's just the type of musician and personality I would have hoped for to continue the tradition of fine music that Assumption has had for the last 150 plus years"

 

Please visit his website www.charlesrus.com  for more information.
Charles will begin his music ministry at Assumption on January 1st 2018.

 

A Message from Charles:

 

I'm delighted to have been called as your Music Director! I know you have had a strong

music program for some time, and my deepest wish is to continue that tradition. The

Church has such a treasure of music going back 1500+ years, and many exceptional

composers right now giving us new ways to sing God's praises and plead with the

psalmists for mercy and release. I wish to keep the best of the past and employ the

best of the new, all sung together in the same Mass in a professional and most importantly

heart-felt manner. We will learn new songs and revel in our old favorites.