Musical Leadership

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Artistic Director ~ Bruce Ruddell

Professional Member – The Canadian League of Composers

Full Member – Canadian Playwrights Guild of Canada

Bruce graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1975. Since then he has been an active member of the arts in Canada for the past 40 years as a composer, arranger, music director, conductor, playwright, artistic director and record producer. His compositions for concert halls have been performed and broadcast worldwide.  His stage works have had runs in Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary.  Bruce is the recipient of a 2012 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for his work with First Nations music projects in Canada and the U.S.   We love his exciting, friendly approach to conducting and he will bring his love of music to our concerts. We feel very lucky to be able to call Bruce our director!         www.bruceruddell.com

 

 

Kathy Russell

Accompanist ~ Kathy Russell

A native of rural Saskatchewan, Kathy Russell moved to Vancouver Island in 1994 to study music at UVic. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in piano performance. Kathy has developed a great love for choral music, and in the past decade has accompanied for numerous choirs in the Greater Victoria area. Since her move to Sooke in 2009, Kathy has opened a music studio called ‘The Painted Piano’ which offers private lessons in piano and theory. She resides in Sooke with her husband Kevin and son Konnor.    www.thepaintedpiano.com