CHARLES RUS, born April 9, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Music Director Positions

2016-2017: Interim Director of Music, St. James Episcopal, Kent, WA

2008–2016: Director of Music and Liturgical Arts, St. Thomas, Medina, WA

2006-2008: Organist and Choir Director for Sunday 5pm Mass, St. Roberts Roman Catholic Church, San Bruno, CA

1994-2008: organist and choir director, St. John's Episcopal, SF

1992-2001: organist and choir director, Temple Emanu-El, SF

1989-1994: organist and choir director, All Saints' Episcopal, SF

1981-1989: organist and choir director, Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Rochester, NY


1982-present: composed many liturgical pieces for choir and congregation, some of which are
published in the Episcopal Hymnal Supplement.


1989: Doctoral Candidate, Eastman School of Music

1987: Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Folkwang Hochschule in Essen

1985: Master of Music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1984: Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, graduated with High Distinction and
          The Performer's Certificate; organ, piano, voice and harpsichord study

1978: High School Graduate, Grand Rapids Christian High


1994-2003: San Francisco Conservatory, Organ teacher, Collegiate and Preparatory Divisions

1989-present: private organ, piano, harpsichord, clavichord and voice teacher


1989-present: solo organ concerts in USA, Europe, and Asia

1992-2006: An organist for the San Francisco Symphony, both solo and ensemble roles

1992-present: vocal performances; organ, harpsichord, piano, conducting orchestras


1992 Solo organ recording in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

2007 Vocal recording of original arrangements of American Spiritual Music

1999 Recording of Jewish liturgical music with Temple Emanu-El cantor and choir

1992-2006 Various recordings with San Francisco Symphony


2000-2008: Pipe voicer for Schoenstein Organbuilders, SF

1978-1980: Apprentice for George Bozeman Organbuilders in Deerfield, NH

1980-present: free-lance organ maintenance and tuning 

Other miscellaneous jobs

2006-2007: Staff and resident at Wilbur Hot Springs, Colusa County, CA

1988-1989: DJ/Announcer for WXXI FM 91.5, Rochester, NY Public Radio

1974-1978: Pizza delivery boy and pizza maker, Tom's Pizza, Grand Rapids, MI