David Rutherford has been involved in nearly every aspect of music – from performing to teaching, conducting to broadcasting.
David is in his 8th year as Music Director for Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Colorado’s premiere innovative collaborative orchestra. David’s vision and ideals of an immersive experience for audience and orchestra within a performance are changing the performance landscape not only in Colorado, but in Europe as well. In the summer of 2017, David led Stratus in a tour of the Czech Republic, where they shared the immersive and inclusive experience with Czech audiences to great delight and acclaim. As a result, the immersive experience will be shared in other places abroad, as far as Calcutta and Australia. An immersive series of concerts is currently being planned in the Czech Republic.
In 2008, David founded and directed a non-traditional chamber orchestra in the Denver area known as UnStaged. It was with this orchestra that he began experimenting with the ideas of innovative and immersive performance practices. David is also an award-winning radio music personality, hosting Sacred Classics as well as being the afternoon voice of Colorado Public Radio Classical. Many of CPR Classical’s live broadcasts of the Colorado Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and more are hosted by David. He has interviewed some of the world’s greatest artists, composers and conductors, including Robert Spano, Bramwell Tovey, Alan Gilbert, 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, for 6 years was a frequent guest conductor and exclusive rehearsal conductor of the Longmont Symphony. He was Director of Orchestral Studies and Music Education and continues to serve as adjunct faculty for Colorado Christian University. He still conducts shows for CCU and Broadway in Boulder, and enjoyed three years as Music Director and Conductor of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic.
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.