Gretchen Rusch

Adjunct Faculty

Office/Department: Music

Location: Bangsberg Hall 323

Phone: (218) 755-3364

Box #: 16


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Gretchen Rusch has been the adjunct instructor of oboe and English Horn since January 2012. She also co-teaches the Flute/Double Reed course at Bemidji State University. Gretchen has played with the Bemidji Symphony since 2004 and has held the position of principal oboe since September 2013. She also serves as the Personnel Manager, Librarian and fundraising chair for the Bemidji Symphony.

In 2010 she was awarded a Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Award and Grant for a three-week intense study with Dr. William McMullen, oboe professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2011, Gretchen was chosen to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra’s first ever “Fantasy Camp” on English Horn, performing Polovisian Dances”by Rimsky Korsokov with members of the Minnesota Orchestra.” Gretchen continues to perform as a soloist performing “Gabriel”s Oboe”, J.S. Bach’s “Brandenberg Concerto No. 2, W.A. Mozart’s “Oboe Concerto in C Major” and “Blades of Grass” for English Horn-all with the Bemidji Symphony. Gretchen also performs frequently with the Bemidji Chorale and other area chamber groups.

Ms. Rusch has served as oboist and English Hornist with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, the Muscatine Symphony, Leamington Symphonia in Leamington Spa, England and subs regularly with the Bismarck Mandan Symphony. Gretchen is also a teacher of young area oboists in middle school and high school. Her primary teachers are Mr. Thomas Barry of the University of Northern Iowa and Dr. William McMullen of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.