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

Music Director Positions

2008 November – present: Director of Music and Liturgical Arts, St. Thomas, Medina

1995-November 2008: organist and choir director, St. John's Episcopal, SF

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

1990-1994: organist and choir director, All Saints' Episcopal, SF

1982-1989: organist and choir director, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Rochester, NY


1982-present: composed many liturgical pieces for choir and congregation, some of which are
published in the Episcopal Hymnal Supplement.   Other pieces will soon be available for
immediate download at ('music riteaway').  Many pieces and
arrangements can also be found on this site.


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


2000-2002: Pipe voicer for Schoenstein Organbuilders, SF

1978-1979: Apprentice for George Bozeman Organbuilders in Deerfield, NH

1982-present: organ maintenance and tuning in my church and other churches

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