Joseph N. Rubin

Conductor, Theatre Organist and Pianist

A native of Canton, Ohio, Joseph Rubin began his musical training at age three and has been accompanying silent films since age thirteen. Mr. Rubin has accompanied numerous silent films on theatre organ or piano at venues throughout the country including the Olympia Theatre in Miami, Florida, the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio, the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and at New York University in New York. He has programmed and accompanied two summer silent film series at the 1886 Hayesville Opera House in Hayesville, Ohio. An expert on silent films, Mr. Rubin has devoted his efforts to the study and preservation of silent films and the art of silent film accompaniment. At the age of 14, Mr. Rubin founded the Annual Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Festival at the Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon, Ohio. The festival honored Massillon’s own Lillian Gish, “the First Lady of the Silent Screen” and her sister Dorothy. The major film archives, the Library of Congress, George Eastman, and the Canada Film Archives, all sent their representatives to attend the three day event. Joseph Rubin was also appointed house organist at the Lincoln Theatre, a post which he held for four years. 

Joseph Rubin is also the founder and executive director of the Canton Comic Opera Company, a non-profit theatre company based in Canton, Ohio, dedicated to the preservation and performance of American operettas. Founded in 2003, this organization provides talented singers and musicians in the Northeastern Ohio community with the opportunity to perform in operetta productions. The Canton Comic Opera Company is the only company in the world dedicated solely to the performance of historic operettas. One of the foremost experts on American operetta, Mr. Rubin acts as both director and conductor for all of the Canton Comic Opera Company productions. Mr. Rubin has devoted his efforts to researching, restoring, and performing the masterpieces of this forgotten art form. In 2009-10, Mr. Rubin more produced two operettas with the Palm Beach Light Opera Company. He has also produced and directed several successful Off-Broadway productions with the New York Musical Comedy Company. Mr. Rubin currently resides in New York City.

An expert on popular music of the 1890s-1940s, Mr. Rubin was appointed Curator of Music of the Ted Lewis Museum in "the capital of the world," Circleville, Ohio.  Mr. Rubin recently completely cataloging and archiving all of Ted Lewis' original music arrangements, all of which had not been touched since his death in 1971.

Mr. Rubin has been honored with several awards for his contribution to the arts. He received a Proclamation from the State of Ohio for Outstanding Achievement and a Mayor's Citation for his Contribution to the Arts.