Elaine Rusk is a well-respected business leader, with more than fifteen years of experience in all aspects of The Royal Conservatory’s academic and publishing divisions.
As Publisher of the Frederick Harris Music Company, Elaine oversaw the publication of the organization’s flute, guitar, and voice series, as well as the award-winning Celebration Series for piano. In a less than three-year period, she led the development and launch of repertoire, etudes, orchestral excerpts, and technique books and recordings for six new instrumental series including cello, clarinet, viola, violin, saxophone and trumpet. Elaine is key to the development of new digital initiatives underway at The Royal Conservatory.
In addition, Elaine has more than forty years of experience as an independent studio teacher, specializing in piano and theory. During her ten-year tenure as Music Director at Knox Presbyterian Church in Milton, Ontario, Elaine directed the chancel choir, a children’s choir, and a four-part men’s choir.
Elaine is an active contributor to the local, regional, and national musical community. She is a member of The Royal Conservatory College of Examiners, and has travelled across North America on its behalf. Elaine is also an active performer, accompanist, adjudicator, and guest lecturer on piano pedagogy.
Elaine graduated summa cum laude with an honors Bachelor of Music in History, Theory, and Performance from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and holds a Master of Arts in Music Criticism from the same university.