Dr. Michael E. Ruhling, Conductor
Michael E. Ruhling has taught courses in music history and appreciation at Rochester Institute of Technology, and conducted the RIT Orchestra, since 1998. He also teaches courses at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from The Catholic University of America in 2000, and holds masters’ degrees in orchestral conducting (U. of Missouri) and music history (U. of Notre Dame). From 2004 to 2009 Dr. Ruhling served on the conducting and lecture faculty of the Classical Music Festival held each August in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra, Prince George's Philharmonic, Finger Lakes Symphony, UNLV Symphony and Opera, Rochester's Air de Cour, and was the 2011-2012 conductor of the Rochester Medical Orchestra. His book Johann Peter Salomon's Scores of Four Haydn Symphonies: Edition with Commentary was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2004, and his contributed an essay on the symphonies of Michael Haydn for The Symphonic Repertoire, Vol. 1: The Eighteenth Century Symphony published by the Indiana University Press in 2012. He was named the 2008-2009 Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow by the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, the oldest performing ensemble in the United States. Dr. Ruhling is the first president of the Haydn Society of North America, is a member of the Haydn Society of Great Britain's Committee of Honour, and recently served as secretary-treasurer of the Society for Eighteenth Century Music. He lives in Irondequoit, New York with his wife Julie, an accomplished pianist, and sons Alexander, Peter, and Nicholas.
Carolyn Wenk Goodman, Concertmaster
Coming from a family of scientists and musicians, Carolyn Wenk Goodman decided on violin as a career at the urging of her teacher and mentor Bronislaw Gimpel. Her later teachers included Paul Rolland, Andre Gertler and master classes with Isaac Stern. After completing a M.Mus. in violin/viola performance and pedagogy at the University of Illinois, Carolyn went to Europe for five years to play in the first violin section of the Amsterdam Philharmonic. Since returning to America, she has been active in New York City, performing diverse music such as orchestral, chamber, opera, ballet, Broadway shows and jazz, while specializing in American contemporary music in a long running concert series at Carnegie Hall. She considers herself fortunate to have performed with and learned from such greats as David Oistrakh, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Winton Marsalis (Jazz at Lincoln Center) Ray Charles, Eubie Blake, and with Itzhak Perlman for a three year period. Carolyn has recorded for film, radio, TV and on CD with, among others, Phillip Glass, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett, and Sir Roland Hanna on Nonesuch, London, and Philips labels. Carolyn lives with her family in Pittsford and enjoys traveling to Massachusetts to watch her daughter Sarah play softball for Smith College.