Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Stanley DeRusha, conducting


Stanley DeRusha is Music Director and Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Indianapolis, Principal American Guest Conductor of La Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, Uruguay, and former Resident Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

American born and trained, he has conducted throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. His credits include numerous American and world premiere performances, and he has won the praise of many distinguished composers including William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, Karel Husa, Ernst Krenek, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller, Michael Schelle, John Downey, Blas Emilio Atehortua, and John Corigliano, among others, for his interpretation of their music as well as receiving critical acclaim for his interpretation of the standard repertoire.

Maestro DeRusha has also been interim music director of La Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota and La Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia. El Espectador, in Bogota, praised him for his "masterful presentations".  He was presented the ORDEN de la LIBERTAD by the Colombian government for his contribution to the arts.

Maestro DeRusha received National Public Radio's "Best Contemporary Music Performance Award" for a concert presented and recorded in New York's Town Hall featuring the Emerson String Quartet and the world premiere of Paul Epstein's Matinee Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.

The Colorado Daily Camera claims "DeRusha's every gesture speaks of solid and well-founded musicianship. Without any trace of showmanship, he communicates his own involvement in the music to both audience and orchestra". He is a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras in the United States and South America. He has conducted throughout Europe and in South America in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.

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