has worn about every hat you can in the music business.
He studied cello
at the Curtis Institute, attended Temple University and the University of
Minnesota, and has a handful of degrees to show for it, in conducting,
music education, and piano.
In 1974, he
joined the faculty of Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
He started his
own group in 1983, Jerry Rubino Plus, and “plus” describes his
duties—arranger + artistic director + conductor + pianist—and their
range of music: choral + folk +
gospel + jazz + opera + show tunes.
College has thrice dubbed him Distinguished Professor of Music, in the
years 1999, 2003, and 2004.
Jerry is also
the Minister of Music for Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, which is
located in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
In 2006, A Merry Little Christmas: 12 Popular Classics for Choirs
hit the shelves. He edited the book
and arranged two of the carols:
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “We Need
a Little Christmas”. His
arrangements have also been included in books by four other publishing
summer classes at the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute at Augsburg
College in 2009.
May 2010, he was a guest conductor of the Heartland Chamber Chorale for
their Cathedral Classics series at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort
In addition to
his aforementioned activities, he spent twenty-three years working with the
Dale Warland Singers, in a variety of capacities, including arranger, assistant
conductor, associate conductor, director of music education and special
projects, pianist, and vocalist.
He has been a
member of The Philadelphia Singers, the chorus-in-residence of The
Jerry is the vocal
jazz repertoire and standards chairman of the American Choral Directors
Association’s North Central Division.