Rudy Schellenberg

Associate Professor of Music

Rudy Schellenberg






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Rudy Schellenberg has been teaching music and conducting choirs in college/university, church and community for over three decades. Fostering the love of music finds him working at both lay and professional levels. He has given church music workshops across the country on the topic "Nurturing the Congregation's Song" as well as leading arts organizations such as the Winnipeg Singers and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

 Rudy conducts the CMU Singers and the CMU Men's Chorus. These  choirs are active in both worship and concert settings, performing in Winnipeg, throughout Manitoba and on tours in Canada and the U.S. On annual choirs tours the CMU Singers regularly collaborates with high school, community and church choirs. Together with other CMU choirs they can be heard on two CMU recordings: On Earth as in Heaven and hope, faith, life, love, and frequently in concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at its internationally known New Music Festival. As co-conductor of the Mennonite Festival Chorus he recently conducted a performance of Handel's Messiah together with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has also prepared the choir for numerous other MFC/WSO collaborations.

Rudy is active in music at his home congregation, Steinbach Mennonite Church. As well, he is coordinator of music for CMU chapels where he offers leadership and training for the CMU community, together finding meaningful and imaginative ways for leading music in worship.

Besides graduate studies in the U.S.,  Rudy has studied conducting at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold, Germany.  His has worked with conductors  William Baerg, Nicholaus Harnoncourt, Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw,  and Elmer Isler and Jon Washburn receiving Canada Council Grants to study with several of these conductors.

Rudy was born and raised in southern Manitoba. Since 1989 he and his wife, CMU Professor Emeritus Henriette Schellenberg,  have lived in the village of Kleefeld. They have two daughters, a son-in-law and a dear little grandson. When not teaching Rudy's greatest pleasure is gardening and in particular growing tomatoes during  the long, hot summer days in Manitoba.

Areas of Teaching

Conducting, Choral Ensembles, Church Music, Aural Skills


M.M., College Conservatory of Music University of Cinncinnati, 1988; B.Mus., Wilfred Laurier University, 1973; BChMus, Mennonite Brethren Bible College, 1970

Work in Detail


Conducting courses

Church Music courses

Aural Skills I-IV

Choral Ensembles



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