Ansgarius Aylward, Music Director
Ansgarius Aylward, Assistant Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra received his Bachelor of Music degree from NEC and his Master of Music degree from Yale University, School of Music, where he studied violin with Broadus Erie (leader of the New Music and Yale Quartets) and conducting with Gustav Meier.
Mr. Aylward's early professional career included the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival, New College Music FEstival in Sarasota, Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 1973 Michael Tilson Thomas invited him to join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed Assistant Concertmaster by Music Director Julius Rudel in 1982. With the BPO, Mr. Aylward has appeared as soloist multiple times, performing both standard concerti and 20th centruy works. He has been Concertmaster of the Ars Nova Musicians' Chamber Orchestra and has appeared annually for many years as soloist on the popular "Viva Vivaldi" Festival.
Prior to his appointment as Music Director of the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Aylward served as Music Director of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. During his tenure the GBYO initiated a series of cross-border exchange concerts with the St. Catherines (Ontario) Youth Orchestra, started the GBYO Music Camp, began the GBYO Piano Competition, made two educational videos and was showcased on various TV broadcasts including a John F. Kennedy commemorative program on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Kuralt. In the 1970's and 80's Mr. Aylward was the leader and founding member of the Nichols Quartet. Since 1987, he has been guest soloist and recording artist with the Stuttgart Musik Forum in Germany. In 2001 he founded the critically acclaimed "Chamber Music on Elmwood" Festival for which he served as Director and principal violinist. During the summer months, after teaching at the Bravo Chamber Music Workshop with his colleagues from "Chamber Music on Elmwood" and the BPO, Mr. Aylward enjoys chess, mathematical games and hiking in Acadia National Park.
Lynne Ruda, GBYSO Conductor
Lynne Ruda is an enthusiastic and motivating educator and is a major supporter of music in WEstern New York. Mrs. Ruda has served as the Director of Orchestras at Lancaster High School since 2008. Under her leadership, the orchestra program has tripled in size. Mrs. Ruda's orchestras have performed for clinics at the Eastman School of Music, the Ithaca College School of Music, and SUNY Fredonia. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education and her Master's degree in Music Education with a performance certificate from the State University College at Fredonia. As an active cellist in the area, Mrs. Ruda has performed as principal cellist for the Southern Tier Symphony, Orchard Park Symphony, and Cheektowaga Symphony, as well as performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Clarence Summer Orchestra. Mrs. Ruda enjoys playing chamber music and is an Assistant faculty member of the Bravo Chamber Music Workshop, a chamber music festival for string and piano students run by artistic director, Roman Mekinulov. She also maintains a busy teaching schedule with a full private studio.
Mrs. Ruda is an active member of the Erie County Music Educators Association, regularly co-chairing the Sr. High All County Orchestra, previously conducting the Jr. High All County North Honors Orchestra, and currently serving on the ECMEA Executive Board. In addition to her professional pursuits, Mrs. Ruda serves on the Board of Directors for the Lancaste Opera House. She is also an active volunteer firefighter for the Village of Lancaster, where she serves as Department Secretary. She was honored to receive the 2015 Fireman of the Year award from the Lancaster Fire Department. She resides in Lancaster with her husband, Aaron.