Visiting Assistant Professor
Born to Croatian parents in Germany, Mr. Drusko has conducted many professional and youth orchestras throughout Europe and North America including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Opera, Royal Opera Belgium, Budapest Operetta, Metropolitan Orchestra Lisbon, Rochester Philharmonic, YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, LA Phil) and New York Youth Symphony.
He is founder and Music Director of Hoosier Philharmonic in Indiana and as Music Director and arranger, Drusko’s re-orchestration and recording of The Magic Flute recently premiered at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for which he collaborated with renowned visual artist Frances Stark and legendary music producer HB Barnum to create a “pedagogical opera.” He also served as Music Director of the SoundExchange Orchestra in Rochester as well as several orchestral and choral ensembles throughout Germany and Switzerland.
While an Associate Instructor of the Opera and Ballet Theater at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Mr. Drusko led several performances including productions of The Magic Flute and David Parson’s ballet The Envelope. He served as Assistant Conductor in many productions including L’Italiana in Algeri, The Last Savage, Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus and Carmen . Outside the classical world, Mr. Drusko has conducted several shows including Pirates of Penzance and Reefer Madness throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.
Drusko is a frequent collaborator with contemporary composers and has conducted numerous premieres, including works for small ensemble, symphony orchestra, silent film and opera. Some of his collaborations involved Texu Kim (Korean Symphony Orchestra), Elizabeth Ogonek (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Keith Fitch (Cleveland Institute of Music), among others.
With career beginnings as a trumpet player, Mr. Drusko competed in Germany’s national competition for young musicians “Jugend musiziert” after which he was invited to study trumpet at the Augsburg College of Music, today the Leopold Mozart Zentrum. Along with work as a professional trumpet player in symphonies and pit orchestras in Germany, Drusko also enjoyed performing as a tenor in several operas and toured with orchestras to Spain, Italy, Denmark, Poland and the United States. Mr. Drusko was a recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and won the first and only prize in conducting by the Culture Foundation of Lake Constance in Germany. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Friedrichshafen City Art Award, a distinction given to promising artists every two years in their effort to promote cultural advancements in the region.
Mr. Drusko recently completed a Doctorate of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, with minor fields in Voice and Music Theory. He received his Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the renowned Eastman School of Music where he was also Assistant Conductor. He holds Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Music Education from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany and graduated from the University of Konstanz with a Master’s Degree in English Literature & Linguistics as well as a minor in Philosophy & Ethics.
D.M., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University