Mr. Ruder will lead two choirs for our on-campus music program. The Psalters is our younger Choir of First and Second Grade students; and the Canticlers is composed of our Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade students.
Mr. Ruder and his wife Dian (Hand Bells and Hand Chimes) have supported the work of Canterbury for over thirty years! Mr. Ruder is an experienced teacher who has led student ministry in educational environments around the world.
Mr. Ruder’s background includes a Bachelor of Theology degree from Jessup University; a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Masters in Music History and Choral Music from San Jose State University. He also completed graduate work in Church and Choral Music at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Ruder is also an internationally known bell director of advanced ringers and children’s bell ensembles. He has directed and taught handbells for over 38 years throughout the USA and thirteen countries. He is a composer/arranger, writer, massed handbell director, workshop leader, and has served on various boards in the handbell and choir organizations.