Charles Ruggiero

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CHARLES RUGGIERO (b. 1947) holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in composition, 1979). Currently, Ruggiero is professor of music at Michigan State University, where he has taught composition and music theory since 1973. For 16 years, Ruggiero served as chairperson of the music theory area of MSU’s College of Music.

Ruggiero is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions, including a 1987-88 National Endowment for the Arts Consortium Commissioning Grant and many ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awards. His compositions have been performed in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, and throughout North America, and compact disc recordings of Ruggiero’s music have been released on the ADMLive!, AUR/Arizona University Recordings, Centaur, Channel Crossing/Channel Classics (The Netherlands), CRI/Composers Recordings, Inc., Crystal Records, Klavier, Mark Recordings, Sony/BMG Polska (Poland), Sunrise Music (Japan), and White Pine Music labels.

Ruggiero has composed music for orchestra, wind ensembles, chamber groups, solo instruments, and voice. Although his compositional style is eclectic, much of Ruggiero’s music reflects his lifelong interest in jazz. Ruggiero was active as a jazz drummer for more than 45 years and performed with many notable jazz artists. In many of his works, Ruggiero has fused elements from jazz and pre-twentieth-century Western "classical" music with materials, techniques, and formal concepts of twentieth-century European and North American art music.


Title Genre Level Price
Freedom Jazz Dance (E. Harris/Ruggiero) Jazz Ensemble INT/ADV $55.00
Strayhorn for Alto Saxophone & Piano Saxophone INT/ADV $30.00

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