Dr. Adriana La Rosa Ransom is Assistant Professor of Cello and Director of String Project at Illinois State University. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri where she studied with Nina Gordon. She earned Master and Doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota where she studied cello with Tanya Remenikova and chamber music with Jorja Fleezanis and Lydia Artymiw.
As a soloist, Ms. La Rosa Ransom is the recipient of numerous awards, including winning top prizes at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, the Schubert Club Young Artist Competition, and the Thursday Musical Society Competition. She has appeared as a guest artist on notable solo and chamber music recital series, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago.
She has performed with many professional orchestras and ensembles, including the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the European Musical Festival Orchestra, and New Ear Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. La Rosa Ransom has served on the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Cloud State University,and the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
Conductor Philip Rudd began his musical career on the violin at the age of 10. He studied violin and cello in Wheaton, Illinois, before attending Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated summa cum laude in 2005, earning a Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education.
In 2009, Mr. Rudd completed his Masters in Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Illinois State University. Mr. Rudd has studied conducting under Dr. Glenn Block and Dr. Victor Yampolsky. He is the Orchestra Director at Wheaton North High School and leads one of the Central Illinois Youth Symphonies orchestras.
Additional staff includes current and former ISU String Project Teachers and ISU students.