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

Brief Bio:

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 Jack Bethards (Schoenstein), George Bozeman, and Fritz Noack, and he 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.

He has been organist for the San Francisco Symphony, organ teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, organist for Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco, Organist and Choir Director at All Saints and St John's Episcopal, SF,  and Musician for St. Thomas Episcopal, Seattle.

Charles composes liturgical music, much of which can be found hereTo see a video of my choir singing one of my anthems, click here.

Music Director Positions

2017: Interim organist, St. Francis Episcopal, SF and St. James Episcopal. , Kent, WA)

2008–2017: Director of Music and Liturgical Arts, St. Thomas, Medina, WA

1990-2008: organist and choir director, St. John's, San Francisco

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

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


1982-present: published composer of liturgical hymns and anthems for choir and congregation


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


1994-2004: San Francisco Conservatory, Organ teacher, Collegiate and Preparatory Divisions

1989-present: private organ teacher and coach


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

1992-2008: An organist for the San Francisco Symphony, both solo and ensemble roles

1992-present: vocal, organ, harpsichord, piano concerts. conducting


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