Professor of Trumpet
WIFF RUDD joined the faculty of Baylor University's School of Music in 2002 as Professor of Trumpet and Brass Division Coordinator. Prior to that, from 1998 through May of 2002, he was Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, principal trumpet of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Boston Mountain Chamber Players. A San Antonio native, Mr. Rudd received music degrees from Baylor University (BME) and the University of Northern Colorado (MM). He served as Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University for seven years and performed regularly with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rudd toured internationally for eight years with the Dallas Brass and is a founding member (1993) of Rhythm & Brass, an international touring/recording chamber ensemble. An active soloist, he collaborates often with orchestras and bands. He performed the New York premiere of Joseph Turrin's Chronicles for Trumpet and Wind Symphony in Carnegie Hall and has often been a featured soloist at the annual Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He performed in 2005 at the International Trumpet Guild Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, the Great American Brass Band Festival, and at the Interlochen Arts Camp.
Rhythm & Brass, founded in 1993, serves as a primary performance outlet for Mr. Rudd. His R&B experiences include extensive domestic tours and several trips to Japan, the Middle East, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The group has also performed as guest soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, including Rochester, Grand Rapids, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Oregon, Tucson, and the United States Air Force Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Described by Entertainment Weekly as "...deliciously off-centered" and by the American Record Guide as "...nothing short of stunning," Rhythm & Brass has produced five recordings, representing a wide variety of musical styles. One release, More Money Jungle...Ellington Explorations (Koch Jazz), was named by the New York Times as "Album of the Week" in May of 1999. Their CD, Sitting in an English Garden, has Rhythm & Brass venturing into the music of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. Rhythm and Brass just released a CD of original works by composers from within the group entitled Inside the Blue Suitcase (Bear Claw Records).
Mr. Rudd has performed in concert and presented clinics/master classes at more than two hundred colleges, universities, and conservatories across the country, as well as at the New York Brass Conference, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Bands of America, the Brevard Music Center, the Great American Brass Band Festival, MENC national and regional conventions, and the Music Educators Associations of Georgia, Oklahoma, Montana, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and New York. He also co-authored a beginning chamber music method called Team Play: A Guide to Making Chamber Music Together (Universal Editions-1997) and has adjudicated for the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition Finals, the Louisiana Trumpet Solo Competition, and the State Solo Contests of Oklahoma and Texas. An honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mr. Rudd is also affiliated with Pi Kappa Lambda, the International Trumpet Guild, and the Music Teachers National Association, and he serves as an Artist/Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America. A recent Baylor Magazine featured an article that included Mr. Rudd. Read it here: Baylor Magazine Online
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