Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Division of MusicCollege of Liberal Arts

Distinguished Faculty, Alumni, and Friends of Music

Greg Durthaler

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Born into the music business, Greg Durthaler is a third-generation music store owner. Working alongside his father and grandfather in the family business prepared him to lead his own company one day. Today, he is co-owner of Piano Solutions, Inc., a 20-year-old business in Carmel, Indiana.

Having started playing organ and piano at a young age, Greg is an avid supporter of music education and youth programs. He serves as Executive Director of the Young Hoosier State Piano Competition. This three-month, state-wide program encourages all levels of piano performance for participants ages five to 22 and has grown steadily since its inception in 2000. Additionally, Greg launched the Piano Exhibition of the Carmel Arts Council Young Performers Showcase, which is annually hosted at Piano Solutions.

Greg welcomes opportunities to creatively support music initiatives to promote the fine arts in homes, schools and local communities. He was honored to have his company selected to conserve composer Johnny Mercer’s piano for the Great American Songbook Foundation. He is a regular contributor to the Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Music Teachers Association, Indiana State School Music Association, Music for All, and many Purdue University music programs and events.

Always seeking to foster music appreciation, Greg supports state-wide orchestras in Lafayette, Columbus, Anderson and Indianapolis, as well as the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Purdue University music organizations.

Greg, his wife, Michele, and their two children reside in Fishers, Indiana.


Gary Sudano

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Music History

Gary Sudano was born on February 1, 1942 in Dowell, Illinois, the son of Charles and Arcel Sudano. He graduated from La Salle-Peru High School in La Salle, Illinois in 1960; then earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Illinois State University. He taught high school instrumental and vocal music in Flora, Illinois, for two years. He began his college teaching career at Illinois State University in 1970 where he also held various administrative positions in the College of Fine Arts. He earned his music doctorate in 1973 at the University of Illinois. In 1982, he became Professor of Music and Head of the Department of Creative Arts at Purdue University. During Professor Sudano’s tenure at Purdue, the Dance Division, originally attached to Physical Education, Health, and Recreation Studies, became part of the Department of Creative Arts. He changed the title of the unit to the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and restructured policies and procedures to make each of the four units - Art and Design, Theatre, Dance, and Music - more autonomous and self-sufficient, and began efforts to bring them together in a single building. Professor Sudano taught a wide range of courses that included Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, and special topics courses such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, and Brahms. He was a devoted mentor to young faculty, working tirelessly to assist and guide them in their academic and creative pursuits. He was a moral and ethical human being, an exemplary and award-winning teacher, and a dynamic leader who unified, strengthened, and redefined the department in the eyes of the university.

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