University of Minnesota Duluth

Theory / Composition



Paula Gudmundson – Woodwind and Theory / Composition
Office: Humanities 221
Office Phone: 218-726-7543

Flutist Paula Gudmundson remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Midwest. Recently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. Proir to her appointment, she held teaching positions at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN and Anoka Ramsey Community College. She has performed recitals and masterclasses nationally and internationally including New Delhi, India (2008) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011).

Dr. Gudmundson was recipient of a 2011– 2012 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for research of flute in Latin American art music. Traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina in search of neglected early 20th century music. In 2012 she presented programs throughout Minnesota featuring solo and collaborative works from Argentina performing a program titled La Flauta of Buenos Aires. She was awarded the Paul Revitt Award for Graduate Research from the College Music Society for; La Flauta of Buenos Aires through the Music of Amancio Alcorta at the Great Plains Regional Conference in Spring 2012. This program was also featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight in August 2012.

Dr. Gudmundson is a practitioner of the Alexander Technique, which focuses on the effective means of changing tension habits and improving coordination. This has contributed to her innovative and observant teaching style. Her Alexander study has included the Sweet Briar Alexander Institute in Lynchburg, VA and study with Pedro Alcantara, Missy Vineyard, Lisa First and Tully Hall. Dr. Gudmundson has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for Jeanne Baxtresser, Tadeu Cohelo, Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, Jeffery Kahner, Jim Walker, and Baroque flutist Barthold Kuijken. She is an innovative and passionate educator also serving on the faculty at MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis, MN) and Anoka Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, MN) and the International Music Camp (Dunseith, ND). Gudmundson has presented workshops for the College Music Society, Minnesota Music Education Association, College Music Society and Vocal Essence’s Witness Program.

Dr. Gudmundson is a member of the College Music Society, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, American Composers Forum, has served as a board member of the Upper Midwest Flute Association (UMFA), and as Chair of the Visual Documentation Committee of the National Flute Association (2003-2007).

Dr. Gudmundson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Theory at the University of Minnesota- Duluth, and has been artist faculty at the International Music Camp in North Dakota. Paula Gudmundson holds a Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University, Master of Music at the University of North Texas, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota as a Berneking Fellow. Her principal teachers include Immanuel Davis, Terri Sundberg, Ernestine Whitman and Adrianne Greenbaum.


Betsy Husby – Cello, Aural Skills
Office: 27 Bohannon
Office Phone: 726-7784

Dr. Husby earned her DMA, MM, and BA degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, L.I., N.Y. where she studied with Bernard Greenhouse, former student of Pablo Casals, and cellist of the internationally renowned Beaux Arts Trio, and Timothy Eddy, cellist of the Orion String Quartet and faculty at Julliard School of Music. Highlights of her career have included performing in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, a live Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast of the technically demanding Prokofieff Sinfonie Concertante with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota State Arts Board grants to tour the United States and Russia. Dr. Husby began her extensive solo, chamber music, and orchestral experience in New York where she was winner of the DMA concerto competition, a member of the Poulenc Chamber Players on Long Island, and principal cello of the Stony Brook graduate orchestra.

Dr. Husby has been principal cello with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, has performed on Minnesota Public radio with the Highland String Quartet, and has been featured artist with the DSSO, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Itasca Symphony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk, Russia Symphony Orchestra, and the Ashland Chequamegon Symphonette. In 2005, she and UMD faculty pianist Dr. Alexander Chernyshev were featured artists on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in St. Paul, and at the Bernard Greenhouse 90th Birthday Celebration in Greensboro, N.C. She also has a solid pedagogical background, having completed the Suzuki Association of America's teacher training coursework from Book 1 through 10. She has taught and co-directed the Lake Superior Suzuki Talent Education Program at UMD for 25 years.



Justin Rubin – Theory, Composition, Organ, Piano, Music Technology
Office: 25A Bohannon
Office Phone: 726-8218

Dr. Justin Rubin is Professor of Music and Chair of the Composition/Theory Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Artistic Director of the annual New Music Festival. Rubin's first solo CD release, Nostalgia (Innova 738), which includes his chamber works featuring the bassoon, received high critical acclaim. In 2009 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and honored with the Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education that represents the highest recognition by the University of its most distinguished scholar-teachers. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Purchase College (New York), and the University of Arizona, Rubin is also active as a performer on organ and piano. His diverse concert repertoire and musicological concerns (ranging from Buxtehude and Schubert to Sorabji and Xenakis) has informed an eclectic compositional style, fusing a renewed perspective on traditional tonal structures with a command of contemporary technique. His works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra as well as numerous chamber ensembles throughout the United States and internationally. In addition Rubin's collaborative efforts in the realm of multimedia/music and video have been recognized through presentations by the Visual Music Marathon series at Northeastern University and grants from the Institute for Advanced Study and the McKnight Foundation. Justin Rubin's Website



For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877