Paul John Rudoi

Paul John Rudoi, tenor vocalist and composer, has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a soloist and in various ensembles around the country, most recently in the male vocal ensemble Cantus. Since joining Cantus in 2008, he has worked with such respected artists as Bobby McFerrin and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has premiered new works by several composers including Mary Ellen Childs, Maura Bosch, and Nico Muhly.

Deemed “indisputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Rudoi’s music stems from a deeply rooted passion for connecting innate human values and universal experiences.  His award-winning compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe, including Cantus, the Vancouver Chamber Singers, the British Trombone Society, The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, the Anglican Singers, and the National Lutheran Choir. His work has garnered grants from the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. His music is both independently through pauljohnrudoi.com and commercially published through Graphite Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Paul holds a degree in vocal performance from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. His teachers have included Mary Ellen Childs, Libby Larsen, Edward Bolkovac, and Tyler Flanders.


Compositions by Paul John Rudoi

1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.