Gregory Rudgers

School of Music, Class of 1970

Phone:(607) 274-3171
Office: James J Whalen Ctr for Music
Ithaca, NY 14850

Greg Rudgers has been a composer, conductor, band director, and instrumental music teacher for more years than he is willing to admit.  He has conducted bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and early in his career even directed a 150 piece marching band.  He has guest conducted in over 100 schools, counties, and areas of New York State and the northeast.  Recently, he was honored as a guest conductor of the famed Ithaca College Wind Ensemble in the world premier of his own transcription of Diez Melodias Vascas by Jesus Guridi. 

Mr. Rudgers holds degrees from Ithaca College, Elmira College, and was awarded a Fellowship for Advanced Study at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a member of the New York State School Music Association, the New York State Band Directors’ Association, and a proud member of the trumpet section in the Ithaca Community Concert Band.

Mr. Rudgers has published over a dozen articles in professional journals. His music publications include works for band, string orchestra, and solos and ensembles.  He is published by Manhattan Beach Music, Grand Mesa Music, and most recently, Carl Fischer Publications.

Greg Rudgers is a rare combination of professional composer and experienced music educator.  His work with young people as both a teacher and conductor gives him a unique perspective, and gives his music both pedagogical and artistic value. And, while he enjoys the quiet introspective life of a composer, he also looks forward to any opportunity to work with young musicians.  Writing music for school bands and orchestras and student musicians affords him the opportunity to combine both his passions-music and teaching.

Several commissions and collaborations have resulted in significant additions to the Concert Band/Wind Ensemble literature, most notably, “The Masks” a transcription of an orchestral suite by Ronald Lo Presti in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and Carl Fischer Publications.