BMUS, University of Georgia; MM, University of Colorado-Boulder; DMA, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Hannah Rudy serves as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Illlinois Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia where she worked with the concert ensembles, athletic bands, and the music education department. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Rudy was a doctoral conducting associate and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma studying in the studios of Dr. Shanti Simon and Dr. Michael Hancock. Currently she is presenting and expanding her research in artistic score study, conducting pedagogy, and wind band literature.
During her graduate studies at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Colorado Boulder, she served as the assistant conductor for all concert ensembles and collaborated regularly with featured soloists from the OU and CU faculties, as well as composers-in-residence. During University of Oklahoma's Wind Symphony CD recording and video projects, she served as Assistant Producer, a member of the design team, and coordinated personnel and logistics for the sessions. Dr. Rudy served as conductor and producer for a video that brought greater attention in the United States to a poignant work exploring the observations of American society by Dr. Leila Adu-Gilmore, a Ghanaian British New Zealander. Dr. Adu-Gilmore performed on the digital collaboration as the featured vocalist on her song cycle, Freedom Suite, released in October 2021. Dr. Rudy’s video production and presentations have provided resources and aided in building connections between diverse composers and music education students.
Concurrent with her work with the concert ensembles, Dr. Rudy has been instrumental in the design and execution of multiple halftime shows and student development of bands in the Big XII, and PAC 12, and Big South athletic conferences. In addition to her responsibilities with the collegiate marching bands, she has conducted, rehearsed, and coordinated volleyball and basketball pep bands.
Dr. Rudy holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Following her undergraduate studies, she taught high school and middle school band in the state of Georgia. She began her graduate studies with Dr. Donald McKinney and earned a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting and Repertoire from the University of Colorado Boulder. Following her time in Colorado, she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Rudy is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the University of Illinois!