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Timothy Ruedeman, Adjunct Professor of Saxophone

Dr. Timothy Ruedeman

Adjunct Professor of Saxophone

B.A., Oberlin CollegeM.M., New York UniversityPh.D., New York University


Praised for his "elegant and pure sound" (Saxophone Journal) and noted as "versatile and virtuosic" (Fanfare Magazine), Saxophonist Timothy Ruedeman has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, New Jersey Pops, and is a founding member of Flexible Music and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet.

Mr. Ruedeman has appeared as soloist for the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! series, Greenwich Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Metamorphosis Orchestra, the S.E.M. Ensemble, and Hanover Winds. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "Tim Ruedeman's saxophone solos were the evening’s tour de force."

Winner of the 2004 Olga Koussevitzky competition, recent performance highlights include: Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrating Sax Exhibit, Lincoln Center Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, soundScape festival (Macagno, Italy), and Kennedy Center. New Music performances with: Absolute Ensemble, I.C.E., Argento Ensemble, American Composers Alliance, Composer Concordance, Wet Ink, and North-South Consonance. Commercial and Jazz performances with: Todd Rundgren, M. Ward, David Foster, Christopher Cross, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Denny Laine of Wings, and the Walkmen and has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Michael and Kelly.

Dr. Ruedeman serves on the faculty of NYU, LIU Post, William Paterson U. and visiting faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory.


Lyric-form Archetype and the Early Works for Saxophone Quartet, 1844-1928 (2008), PhD Dissertation, UMI

Lectures and Presentations

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, "Celebrating Sax Exhibit: Bi-centenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax"
  • American Musical Instrument Society: Presentation and Demonstration of Original Adolphe Sax Instruments
  • Soundscape Festival, Macagno, Italy: Featured Guest Performer and Faculty
  • NYU Summer Woodwind Intensive, NY: Co-Director of Saxophone Institute for high-school and college saxophonists.
  • Concerts, and Lecture Presentations on Entartete Musik: Degenerate Music, Music Banned by the Third Reich: Temple B'nai Torah Wantagh, NY, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, Nicholas Roerich Museum, NY.
  • Selected Master Classes: Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, William and Mary, American University, Syracuse University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Bowdoin College, Tulane University, University of Houston, Kean University, Newark Arts HS.


Selected Recordings:       

  • Music of Dimitri Tymoczko, Flexible Music, Bridge Records 2016
  • Henry Cowell Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 18, Naxos 2016
  • Jeff Scott: The Gift of Life- The Urban Classical Music Project, CD Baby 2015
  • Breathing Lessons, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, NAXOS 2011
  • Andrew Waggoner: Terror and Memory, Flexible Music, Albany Records 2011
  • The Music of Steve Ricks, Flexible Music, Bridge Records 2011
  • Quartet at the Crossroads, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, Ravello 2010
  • FM, Flexible Music, New Focus Recordings 2009
  • A Concert of Music by Allen Brings, Flexible Music 2008
  • Sustenance, Flexible Music, New Focus Recordings 2007
  • Nicholas Flagello: Concerto Sinfonico, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, NAXOS 2006
  • Pussy Cats Starring The Walkmen, Record Collection 2006
  • Architectonics, Absolute Ensemble, Ccn’C 2001
  • America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax Volume VII, New Hudson Saxophone
  • Quartet, University of Arizona Recordings 2001
  • The American Muse, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, Allegro Records 2001
  • America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax Volume V, New Hudson Saxophone
  • Quartet, University of Arizona Recordings 2000