Ronald Rudkin directs the Jazz Program and teaches Music Theory at UNCSA. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University, where he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In addition to maintaining an active performing career on saxophone, clarinet, and flute with his own jazz groups and dance band, Mr. Rudkin plays clarinet in the Winston-Salem Symphony and has appeared with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Western Piedmont symphonies. An experienced band leader and arranger, he has led professional groups in performance with numerous celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, pop and jazz. His pops arrangements and compositions for symphony orchestra featuring solo saxophone or saxophone quartet have been performed by regional orchestras as well as orchestras around the United States and abroad.
Mr. Rudkin is a recipient of the Jazz Composers Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, and has toured and performed with legendary jazz drummer Max Roach and drummer Thelonius (T.S.) Monk Jr. in public schools across North Carolina as part of an educational program. As a big band musician he has performed with the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Peter Duchin, and Les and Larry Elgart; the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra; the Atlantic Jazz Orchestra; and his own big band, the Ron Rudkin Orchestra.
An active jazz educator and clinician, Mr. Rudkin has directed the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble in concert at jazz festivals, concert halls and events across the Southeast. He has led student jazz combos on summer tours in Europe as part of UNCSA's former International Music Program, and for more than a decade directed all-star UNCSA alumni jazz groups and the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble at Manteo, N.C., as part of the school's summer festival series. He also conducts workshops in jazz improvisation and jazz ensemble performance at public schools and elsewhere across North Carolina.