Jerry Rubino

Jerry Rubino holds degrees in piano, music education, and conducting from Temple University and the University of Minnesota, and began his teaching career at Northwestern College in St. Paul in 1974. A native of Philadelphia, he was a charter member of the Philadelphia Singers and attended Curtis Institute as a cellist.  He currently serves as Minister of Music at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, is the artistic director of Jerry Rubino Plus and in Winter of 2005, was named Visiting Studio Artist at Augsburg College.

Rubino worked for twenty-three seasons with the Dale Warland Singers, as associate conductor, director of special projects and music education, pianist, singer and arranger.  In 1983, at the request of the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Public Radio, Rubino formed what is now known as Jerry Rubino Plus. Under his direction, they developed their own sound and style and became known for their crossover programming and performance practice based educational outreach. They toured extensively and have recorded a CD of gospel music.

Rubino’s conducting and teaching credits include honors choirs in Australia, Taiwan, Hawaii, and Europe, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the California State Summer Arts Workshops, the Wesley Balk Institute for the Singer/Actor process, and the University of Minnesota Jazz Festival.

He was named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1999, 2003 and 2004.  He was named an editor for the Voices of Distinction series with Hal Leonard in 2005 and is editing a new Christmas choral collection for Oxford University Press titled A Merry Little Christmas due in Spring, 2006.  He serves as repertoire and standards chair for vocal jazz for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, is a member of ASCAP and is requested nationally as a choral clinician, music director, pianist  and adjudicator.