David Rutherford has been involved in nearly every aspect of music – from performing to teaching, conducting to broadcasting. David is in his 7th year as Music Director for Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Colorado’s premiere innovative collaborative orchestra. He is an award-winning radio music personality, hosting Colorado Spotlight and Sacred Classics, and is the afternoon voice of Colorado Public Radio Classical, heard in Denver at 88.1FM. Many of CPR Classical live broadcasts of the Colorado Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and more are hosted by David, and David has interviewed some of the world’s greatest artists, composers and conductors, including Robert Spano, Bramwell Tovey, John Eliot Gardiner, Olga Kern, Edgar Meyer, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, and the late Marvin Hamlisch.
David is also Music Director of Valor Symphonics Youth Orchestra, and for the past 6 years has been a frequent guest conductor and exclusive rehearsal conductor of the Longmont Symphony. He continues to serve as adjunct faculty for Colorado Christian University after having been Director of Orchestral Studies. He conducts shows for CCU and Broadway in Boulder, and enjoyed three years as Music Director and Conductor of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic. He founded and directed a non-traditional chamber orchestra in the Denver area known as UnStaged. He was also Director of Orchestral Studies and Music Education at Colorado Christian University. As a bassist, David has served as Principal Bass of the Cheyenne Symphony orchestra, as well as Assistant Principal Bass in the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. He continues to actively freelance along the Front Range.
David is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, with a bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance and a master’s in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting. While at UNC, he played in six orchestras, was principal bass in three of those, and was the first (and to this day, the only) double bassist in the history of the university’s music department to have won the annual solo competition. He was also heard as an announcer on KUNC, the local public radio station.
Since then, David has taught public school orchestra programs from the elementary through secondary level in Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho. During his tenure in Wyoming, Rutherford was selected as a National Teacher Fellow at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. There he studied conducting with Elisabeth Schulze and Barry Jekowsky, then-Associate Conductors of the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as double bass with Bob Oppelt, Principal Bassist of the NSO. His orchestra program was featured on a national broadcast of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
In 1997, David moved to Idaho Falls, where he founded the Snake River Chamber Orchestra and served as its Music Director for its first four years. In this capacity, Rutherford has worked with such national and international stars as Craig Schulman (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), Cris Groenendaal (Phantom), as well as pop/country star Kenny Rogers.
When he is not involved in music and radio, David enjoys spending time in the mountains with his family, hunting, fishing, hiking, berry picking and making the world’s best black currant jelly.