Daily Archives: April 15, 2013

BGSU Alum becomes president of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has hired Gregory Ruffer for the position of President/CEO.

Ruffer is a performing arts leader, conductor and voice teacher with a quarter century of experience in the field. He has served most recently as the Music Department Chair at the Patel Conservatory and Chorus Master for Opera Tampa, both at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. In these positions, Mr. Ruffer was the administrative leader of a large, multi-faceted music department that included children’s music, Suzuki, youth orchestra, rock school, vocal arts, guitar, jazz and private lessons. He managed a department of nearly 50 music teachers and administrators, a professional opera chorus of 50 singers, and created and oversaw a large departmental budget.

Ruffer holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from BGSU.

Prof. Pelletier plays with Empire Brass

Andrew Pelletier, Associate Professor of Horn, recently performed with the internationally recognized Empire Brass.  The performance was April 14, 2013 at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI.  Dr. Pelletier was invited by the group’s founder and leader, Rolf Smedvig, to join the group for this performance.