Harper College

Jeremy Ruthrauff

Adjunct Faculty in Saxophone

847.925.6000 Ext. 3505
Building P, Room P206

Jeremy's freelance work has included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's New Music Ensemble (MusicNow), the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago's Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Contemporary Chamber Players (Contempo), and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. He has given solo and chamber music performances at prestigious venues through the United States and in Europe such as Merkin Hall in New York City, the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Italy, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, the Renaissance Society, and has appeared as a featured soloist with the Contemporary Chamber Players. He recently performed as a guest artist with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird at the prestigious 2009 Ojai Music Festival and was a featured soloist on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's new music concert series MusicNow performing Jason Eckhart's work Tangled Loops for soprano saxophone and piano.

Recent significant Chicago premieres of new works include Louis Andriessen's Hout at the Harris Center for Music and Dance, Mark-Anthony Turnage's Release (saxophone soloist) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra New Music Ensemble at Orchestra Hall, John Adams' Nixon in China with the Chicago Opera Theatre, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Shulamit Ran's composition Under the Sun's Gaze with the Callisto Ensemble, and Franco Donatoni's concertino Hot for solo saxophone with ensemble with Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

A prolific teacher, he has given master classes at institutions such as the New England Conservatory of Music, American Composer's Forum, University of Illinois, DePaul University and others. He recently participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's program Harmonia at the National Museum of Mexican Art in which soloists introduce music to children of the Pilsen Little Village area. He currently teaches at Concordia University, North Park University, Harper College, the Music Institute of Chicago (Lake Forest and Highland Park campuses), and the First Conservatory of Music. He received his B.M. in music performance from Northwestern University where he studied with the world-renowned concert saxophonist Frederick Hemke. Other teachers have included John Sampen, Paul Bro, Kenneth Radnofskyh, James Umble and master classes with Jean-Marie Londeix and Claude Delangle. He studied jazz improvisation with Tony Mujica.

Last Updated: 4/8/24