Bruce Yurko received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Wilkes College and his Masters in Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music. While attending Wilkes College he studied horn with Douglas Hill and corresponded with Vincent Persichetti. At Ithaca College he studied conducting with Thomas Michalik, horn with Jack Covert and composition with Karel Husa.
From 1974 – 1981, Mr.Yurko was Director of Bands at Madison High School in Madison New Jersey and from 1981- 2005 he was the conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Chamber Music program at Cherry Hill High School East in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. From 1982-2003 he also conducted the Cherry Hill HS West Wind Ensemble. Mr.Yurko was the conductor of the Princeton University Wind Ensemble from 2000 – 2005. In 1987 the Cherry Hill East Wind Ensemble toured the Soviet Union performing concerts in Moscow, Leningrad and Tallinn Estonia. The Wind Ensemble and Orchestra have also performed in Carnegie Hall and Verizon Hall, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 1990, the National Band Association awarded Mr. Yurko and the Cherry Hill High School East Wind Ensemble the “Citation of Excellence Award” and in 2008 he was presented with the “Distinguished Leadership and Service Award” from the New Jersey Music Educators Association. He retired from Cherry Hill High School East in 2005.
Current Wind Ensemble compositions have been commissioned by the Messiah College Wind Ensemble for William Stowman and Rebecca Wilt, the South Carolina All State Band, The United States Air Force Band, the Westfield Community Band, the Roxbury High School Freshman Concert Band , The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Ludwig/Kalmus Music, Southern Music, C.Alan Publications, and Maestro and Fox Music publish Mr. Yurkos compositions.