Adriana La Rosa Ransom is Associate Professor of Cello and Director of String Project at Illinois State University. She received a 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. Ransom is the Principal Cellist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Co-Principal Cellist of the Peoria Bach Festival. She has appeared as a guest artist on numerous solo and chamber music recitals series, including Chicago Cello Society Concerts, the Trinity Lutheran Candlelight Series, at ISU’s annual Popper Concert, WTVP’s Sound Bites series, and at colleges and universities throughout the country.
As a conductor, Philip Rudd is equally comfortable in educational, liturgical, orchestral, choral, and theatrical settings. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University, and completed his Master of Music degree in orchestra conducting at Illinois State University. He completed his doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at the University of Iowa. Rudd is currently Director of Orchestras at Denison University in Ohio. As a guest conductor and clinician, he has appeared with the Fox Valley Orchestra and the Iowa Junior All-State Orchestra, and served as the conductor of the Central Illinois Youth Concert Orchestra for several years.
Additional staff includes current and former ISU String Project Teachers.