Playing the 1724 Vater Müller organ at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam.

Charles Rus is currently organist at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Francisco, and from 2008-2016 Director of Music and Liturgical Arts at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, Washington.


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. His teachers include Russell Saunders, Robert Glasgow, John Hamersma and Gisbert Schneider.


He has been organist for the San Francisco Symphony, organ teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and organist for Temple Emanu-El.


Charles continues to compose liturgical music, much of which can be found here.


To see a video of my choir singing one of my anthems, click here.














 
Gary Blaise, instrument builder in San Francisco, built for me a hand-pumped organ of 3 stops:

8' Principal of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, full length to low C,

8' Harmonic Flute, and

4' Quintadena.

Short octave, meantone temperament.

The range is 5 octaves so that one can play everything an octave higher.  

The 8' Principal slider is "tuned" so that when it is partially pushed in, an Italian Voce Humana is created with the Harmonic Flute.

The assembly of the organ is documented in a video, which you can see by clicking here.