Rushapalooza is one of Rush University Medical Center’s longest running traditions. For almost 40 years, Rush has hosted a talent show featuring students, faculty, alumni, staff and employees. This year marks the 37th occasion of Rushapalooza and you can join us virtually on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Details on attending the event are forthcoming. Stay tuned for more information. 

In 2020, the office of Student Life & Engagement decided to mix things up by including a variety of acts in the show, along with the usual, amazing assortment of musical performances. Below please find the 2020 Rushapalooza lineup.


Rushapalooza 2020 Lineup
1. John Benischek
Staff, Information Services
Performing Original Piece “Nerve”
2. Taffy and the BC’s
Katharine Ruestow, College of Nursing, DNP Program
Amelia Snider, College of Nursing, DNP Program
Michelle Zolfo, Nurse, Rush University Medical Center
Performing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
3. Abbey Carlson
College of Health Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology Program
Singing “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Giacomo Puccini
4. Laurel Marshall
College of Nursing, GEM Program
Juggling and Circus Arts
5. Jen’nea Sumo, PhD
Faculty, College of Nursing
Singing “Holy Spirit You are Welcome” by Francesca Battistelli
6. Kenya McGuire Johnson
Faculty, College of Health Sciences
Brandon McKenzie, Guest Pianist
Singing “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rodgers
7. Maribeth Flaws, PhD
Facuty, College of Health Sciences
Playing “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert on Flute
8. Marcielle Javier
College of Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science Program
Singing “Fool For You” by Snoh Aalegra
9. Sarah Allam and Andrew Holowka
Sarah Allam, The Graduate College, Biotechnology Program
Andrew Holowka, Guest Guitarist
Performing “Figures” by Jessie Reyes
10. Patrick Blake
College of Health Sciences, BSHS Program
Performing Original Spoken Word Pieces “8,920 Miles Between You and I” and “The Lost Memories of That Inquisitive Western Road”
11. Aneta Kwak
College of Health Sciences, BSHS Program
Singing “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes
12. Lu Xu
Staff, Information Services
Playing “Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Posthumous” by Frederic Chopin on Piano
13. Cassandra Taylor
Staff, Information Services
Singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
14. RU Harmony
Karina Diaz, M1 Student, Rush Medical College
Fadi Hamati, M2 Student, Rush Medical College
Susan Mari, M2 Student, Rush Medical College
Emma Ryan, M2 Student, Rush Medical College
Jolene Won, M1 Student, Rush Medical College
Performing a Mashup of “Collide/The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by Howie Day and The Script
15. Lori Davis
Staff, Faculty Affairs
Singing “My Man’s Gone Now” by George Gershwin