Ms. Rusthoi's upcoming 2017 performances include appearances with the Opera Theater at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Arts Consultancy and a cameo appearance with the Rocky Mountain Hockey League. In recent years she has performed with the Emerald City Opera (Falstaff), the United Methodist Church Concert Series and a Steamboat Institute national event featuring former Vice-President Dick Cheney. She performed recently for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Orchestra's Winter Soiree, and as Countess Almaviva in Emerald City Opera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also championed new music, joining the Ivy Street Ensemble (Colorado Symphony Orchestra) for two contemporary music concerts in Denver on the Trinity Music and the Englewood Arts Concert Series.
In past seasons, Ms. Rusthoi has appeared in a wide variety of vocal performances with credits in numerous operatic productions throughout the country, appearances as a symphony soloist with several regional orchestras, and made frequent international performances of solo recital concerts for summer music festivals in Europe. (Please see the REPERTOIRE link at the top of this page or click here for specific information.)
Born into a family of dedicated musicians, Keri Rusthoi began her musical instruction at age 7, studying both the piano and viola. A natural musician and performer, Ms. Rusthoi was also actively sought for young stage roles as a singer and actress throughout her childhood. Ms. Rusthoi was an avid competitor and performer in both the vocal and instrumental scene, and received numerous awards and certificates for her talents during her school years, prompting one adjudicator to proclaim, "I have never seen such an abundance of talent in someone her age." Ms. Rusthoi continued to develop her musical abilities during her college career, choosing to focus solely on her vocal gifts. She was rewarded for her collegiate efforts by winning the 1991 Denver Lyric Opera Award and the 1992 Marie Clough Gillis Award for Excellence in Vocal Music while attending The Colorado College.
After completing her early schooling, Ms. Rusthoi studied with the eminent Jean Kraft of the Metropolitan Opera (retired) for many years. Prior to her operatic studies with Ms. Kraft, she received her academic training from the Manhattan School of Music, earned a master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico, and completed undergraduate work in Music at The Colorado College. While pursuing her Master's degree, Ms. Rusthoi was the winner of the New Mexico Symphony Young Artist Competition, and a finalist for the Fulbright Awards. Currently, Ms. Rusthoi is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Dr. Alfonse Anderson, where she has been awarded Outstanding Honors for both juries and other stage appearances.
Ms. Rusthoi is the Founder and former Artistic Director of the Emerald City Opera, now in its sixteenth season. She enjoys teaching in her private studio and as studio and academic faculty at UNLV. She serves as Music Director for the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, CO, is the Music Director for several Yampa Valley Youth Choruses, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Colorado Mountain College - Alpine Campus where she teaches academic courses in Music. She has also regularly served as vocal faculty for the Emerald City Opera Artist Institute, the Perry-Mansfield School for the Performing Arts, and Arts for the Soul program. Her new consulting business, The Arts Consultancy is currently producing the annual Yampa Valley Music Teachers Honors Concert, has served as a state grant panelist with Colorado Creative Arts and is providing valuable arts administration services to non-profits in the region.