Tom Ruscica, M.A.

Tom Ruscica, M.A.

Associate Dean – School of Humanities & the Arts, Associate Professor – Music


  • D.M.A., Choral Conducting, In Progress
  • M.A. in Music 1995 Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A. in Music 1992 Azusa Pacific University
    Emphases: Music Theory


Tom Ruscica, Professor at Jessup University since 2003, conducts Jessup’s widely recognized University Choir & Orchestra. Performing 30 concerts per year, the University Choir & Orchestra perform a dynamic and powerful concert experience with a diverse repertoire. The University Choir & Orchestra has released numerous recordings and tours extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Central and Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest. Jessup Music concerts are marked by students on a pursuit of excellence, who reach out to and connect with concert attendees, inspiring and infusing audience members with hope and encouragement. Tom has also been a guest conductor at multiple ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) events for both choir and orchestra honor symphonies.

Tom also serves as Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and the Arts and is the Chair of the Music Department. He excels in developing students into inspiring and influential leaders and is relentlessly passionate about creating opportunities for students to be challenged in both music and leadership.

While at Azusa Pacific University, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Music Theory. In 1995, he earned his Master’s degree in Music, with an emphasis in Choral Conducting, and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Nevada, Reno.