Danko Daniel Drusko
Danko Drusko, the IVSO Conductor of the September 22, 2018 concert at IVCC, was born to Croatian parents in Germany. Mr. Drusko is currently Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestra and Opera at the Northern Illinois University School of Music. He is founder and Music Director of the Hoosier Philharmonic and previously held the position of Associate Instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theatre. Drusko has conducted professional, university, and youth orchestras throughout Europe and North America including the Frankfort Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Opera, Metropolitan Orchestra Lisbon, Rochester Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany.
Most recently, Drusko led Mozart's Opera The Abduction from the Seraglio at the NIU School of Music. While at Indiana University Mr. Drusko led several performances of the The Magic Flute and David Parson's ballet The Envelope. He served as Assistant Conductor in productions of L'Italiana in Algeri, The Last Savage, The 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 United States, Europe, and Canada.
Dr. 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. He served as assistant conductor of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and has worked with conductors such as Christian Macelaru and Leonard Slatkin at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
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 in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Poland, and the United States. He is currently preparing his defense for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University. He received his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, and Master's Degrees in Music Education from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany, English Literature and Linguistics, as well as a minor in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Konstanz, Germany.