Glenn Rudolph (b.1951, Miami, Florida) has been active in choral music in the Pittsburgh area since 1977. He began his church choir directing career at Freeport United Methodist Church in Freeport, PA, was a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh professional core from 1983 through 1991 and served as Conducting Assistant to Music Director, Robert Page for the 1990-1991 concert season. Mr. Rudolph joined The Pittsburgh Camerata in 1993 as a professional core member and served as Assistant Conductor to Artistic Director, Gayle Clark Kirkwood for the 1994-95 concert season. He was employed as tenor soloist at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral from 1985 through 1994 and at Temple Rodef Shalom from 1993 through 2003.
Mr. Rudolph received his B.M. in Music Composition from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where he graduated Magna cum Lauda in 1973. While at CCM, he studied voice throughout his undergraduate education, and was a member of the 32 voice Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Thomas. He was awarded a graduate scholarship in composition and a teaching assistantship in music theory at the College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rudolph studied composition with Paul Cooper and T. Scott Huston in Cincinnati, and with Lynn Purse and David Stock at Duquesne. He received his M.M. in Composition from Duquesne in 2011.
Whosoever on the Night of Christ's Nativity (2020). Anthem for SATB choir and piano. Original musical setting of the poem "Whosoever on the Night of Christ's Nativity" by John A. Dalles. Commissioned by Jim Winner in memory of his wife Joyce Winner.
Christmas Carol Trilogy II (2019). Prelude for Cello & Organ. Commissioned by Dr. David Billings for cellist Paula Tuttle. Premiered at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, December 24, 2019. Carols include: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear", "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and "Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella".
Christmas Carol Trilogy (2016). Instrumental arrangement for organ and harp of three Christmas Carols: "Wexford Carol", "Blessed Be That Maid Marie" and "Masters In This Hall". Commissioned by David Billings and Lucy Scandrett.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Sing Our Founders from Above (choir, organ, optional Brass and Timpani), commissioned by Hitchcock Presbyterian Church of Scarsdale, NY, for their centennial celebration. Premiered October 6, 2013.
Still Shining in the Holy Light (choir, organ, optional English Horn), commissioned by Westminster Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC, in celebration of their 50th Annual Lessons and Carols Service. Premiered December 19, 2010.
Lord, We Bring Our Gft of Music (chorus, children's choir, organ, optional flute & trumpet), commissioned by Hitchcock Presbyterian Church of Scarsdale, NY, in honor of their Music Minister, Dr. John T. King. Premiered January 2010.
Where the Cross Still Casts Its Shadow (chorus, strings & organ), commissioned by First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, SC, in celebration of their 50th anniversiry (1957-2007). Premiered November 2007.
Draw Near in Peace (chorus, string quartet & organ) and Christ, the Branch of Jesse's Tree (chorus & organ), commissioned by Worthington Presbyterian Church, Worthington, OH, in honor of their retiring pastor, Dr. Philip M. Hazelton. Premiered April 2007.
Shehecheyanu (soloist, chorus, & piano), commissioned by the Westmoreland Choral Society, Greensburg, PA, in memory of Vera El-Attrache. Premiered October 2006.
One Gift (chorus, organ, solo cello & optional string orchestra), commissioned by St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN, in honor of their retiring Music Minister, Dr. Charles H. Goehring. Premiered December 2005.
Prelude on "Angeli" (organ prelude), Lord God, We All to Thee Give Praise (anthem for chorus & organ), and Postlude on "Melanchthon" (organ postlude), commissioned by the Pittsburgh Organ Artists Series in celebration of their 25th season. The three part work was premiered May 2, 2004 by Mormon Tabernacle organist, Richard Elliott, and the Chamber Chorus of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, conducted by Dr. Brady Allred.
I Came from Light for chorus and electronic soundscape, commissioned by the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh in celebration of their 70th anniversary. I Came from Light uses a new text by John A. Dalles and an electronic soundscape composed entirely of sounds produced by virtual instruments. Premiered December 2003.
The Dream Isaiah Saw, an anthem for choir, organ, brass and percussion was commissioned by Dr. Brady R. Allred and the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. The was work premiered December 2001 by the Bach Choir and the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. In December 2005, The Dream Isaiah Saw was featured on the radio program Going Beyond Words with Stan Schmidt, KVNO-FM - Omaha NE, and received its Kennedy Center debut in December 2007.
Two of Mr. Rudolph's works, Veiled in Darkness and Dicite!, can be heard on The Pittsburgh Camerata's first Christmas CD, A Christmas Mosaic. Peter Quince at the Clavier was recorded on the Camerata's second CD, Of Modern Invention: American Choral Music. The Dream Isaiah Saw has been recorded on the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh's fifth CD, Cantate Hodie, as well as the Hickory Choral Society's Fall Concert, 2004 CD and Christmas Concert 2004 DVD, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Christmas CD, From East to West and The Best of Festval of Carols and The Washington Chorus' CD, Christmas with The Washington Chorus. Other music by Mr. Rudolph have been recorded by The Westmoreland Choral Society (Greensburg, PA) and the Willamette Master Churus (Salem, OR).
Mr. Rudolph's works are published by GIA, Inc., Oxford University Press, Inc., and MorningStar.