John Rutland, violin
Dr. John Rutland conducts the University Symphony and teaches violin and viola at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Dr. Rutland began studying violin in the Jacksonville, Arkansas school system. His professional career started at the age of sixteen when he became a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Rutland holds a bachelor degree in music education from Stetson University and a master and doctoral degree in violin performance from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Rutland has performed in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Orlando Opera Orchestra, Florida Symphony Orchestra, was principal second violin of the Garland/Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, section first violin of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and also performed in the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Abilene Philharmonic. Currently Dr. Rutland is the concertmaster of the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Rutland has also appeared at Chamber Music in the Mountains. His violin teachers include Philip Lewis, a student of Berl Senofsky; and Routa Kroumovitch, a student of David Oistrakh.
Dr. Rutland has been highly active in the performance of twentieth-century music. He has performed George Crumb's Black Angels for Electric String Quartet throughout Arkansas and Texas and has performed Stravinsky's masterpiece L'histoire du Soldat. His teachers include Routa Kroumovitch (a student of David Oistrakh) and Philip Lewis (a student of Berl Senofsky).
In addition to performing, Dr. Rutland has appeared as guest conductor for All-District and All-Region orchestras in the South and Midwest, the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra, and with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble.