A native of Wausau, Wisconsin, baritone Brian von Rueden has been active in multiple areas of classical music in the Chicago area for over a decade, from performing in oratorios and operas, to programming and singing art song recitals, to commissioning and composing new works.  He advocates passionately for new and unknown repertoire and regularly features rare material in his concert appearances.  Von Rueden has served as Artistic Director for VOX 3 Collective since it was founded in 2006.  In this role, he has programmed and appeared on over 40 recitals in the company’s six seasons to date, each with a different cultural or thematic focus.  As a singer, Von Rueden has appeared in various operas, including Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Britten's  Rape of Lucretia, Krasa’s Brundibar, and Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, He has also often appeared in concert repertoire, having sung the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, and several cantatas and masses of J.S. Bach, most notably with Ars Musica Chicago and the Chicago Bach Ensemble. Von Rueden can be heard on VOX 3 Collective’s recordings “New Song” and “Spirit Within,” singing Eric Reda’s Iconic Waltzes and Frank Ferko’s Merton Songs.  Von Rueden earned his Master of Business Administration from National Louis University, his Master of Music from Roosevelt University and his Bachelor of Music from Valparaiso University. See the Bio page for more detailed information.

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14 Feb 2013
Reda: Iconic Waltzes Play
Rueden: There Must Be Names Play
Gustafson: Morning Commute Play
Moore: The Lake Play
Wahl: Dickinson Songs Play
Malmquist: Chicago Songs Play
Lawton: Sonnet Study Play
Gillespie: Circle Dance Music Play
Silberstein: Love's Philosophy Play
14 Feb 2013
Ferko: Songs (5) on Poems of Thomas Merton Play
Morehead: A Cherokee Blessing Play
Rueden: Nameless Play
Ritch: Zen Koans Play
West: Judith Play
Gustafson: Rumi Cycle Play
Boustead: Songs of Love and Transience Play
Gillespie: Judith Play
Silberstein: Psalm XIII Play
13 Feb 2013
VOX 3 Collective is featured as one of the small, independent classical music companies keeping the Chicago arts scene vibrant in this article by Olivia Giovetti.
12 Feb 2013
An opera singer who took his first steps into classical music in Wausau has found a creative niche in Chicago helping create and build a unique performing group, VOX 3 Collective.
12 Feb 2013
Using a range of styles, this collection of new art songs and choral pieces explores the spectrum of modern belief, setting texts from Eastern and Western traditions, depicting the sacred feminine, and reflecting on the search for meaning in life.
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Rueden: There Must Be Names
Reda: Iconic Waltzes
Ferko: Songs (5) on Poems of Thomas Merton
Rueden: Nameless
Morehead: A Cherokee Blessing

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