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Ruffer Takes Helm at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

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Mar 14, 2013

This March, Gregory Ruffer was appointed as President/CEO of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.

Ruffer is a performing arts leader, conductor, and voice teacher with a twenty-five years of experience in the field. He has served most recently as the music department chair at the Patel Conservatory and chorus master for Opera Tampa, both at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL. In these positions, Ruffer was the administrative leader of a large, multi-faceted music department that included children’s music, Suzuki, youth orchestra, rock school, vocal arts, guitar, jazz, and private lessons. He managed a department of nearly 50 music teachers and administrators, a professional opera chorus of 50 singers, and created and oversaw a large departmental budget. In addition, Ruffer was the founder and director of the Classical Voice Intensive and Vocal Arts Academies, artistic director of the Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra program, music director for many musical theatre shows, and a highly sought-after voice teacher.

As the Conservatory's new President/CEO, Ruffer succeeds Karen Deschere, who served the Conservatory for eight years and stepped down in June 2012, and directly assumes the leadership role from Interim Director John Turner. All staff, faculty and board members wish to convey deep gratitude to Turner for his steady guidance and service to the Conservatory, its students and families.


About the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1899, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is the oldest and largest non-profit independent music school in the state serving more than 6,000 students each year. We provide the finest musical education and performance opportunities to the aspiring professional musician, as well as to children and adults who desire cultural enrichment and self-fulfillment. Individual lessons and class instruction are offered to students ranging in age from 4 months to 93 at three Milwaukee-area locations. Music Therapy and Conservatory Connections bring Conservatory faculty into 50 schools, hospitals and community sites. Four faculty performance series and extensive music library reach thousands more throughout the greater Milwaukee community.

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