James Ruggles, Violin, earned his Masters Degree in Music from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, and his Bachelor's in Music Performance Degree from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK.
His teachers include Peter Marsh, Maurice Sklar, and Marc Gottlieb.
James received full scholarships to International Congress of Strings at SMU, Dallas, TX and a full scholarship to the Congress of Strings at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
He has been a member of the Tulsa Signature Symphony Orchestra and the Ft. Smith Symphony where he was Co-Concertmaster for the 1996-97 seasons.
James started teaching violin his first summer out of high school and has continued to teach ever since. His styles include Classical, Gypsy, Jazz (Swing), Scottish/Irish, Bluegrass, Broadway show tunes and Pop standards.
He has started a chamber music society entitled Tulsa Friends of Chamber Music, under the auspices of his non-profit corporation, Concerts for Worthy Causes, Inc. Mr. Ruggles joined the Barthelmes Conservatory faculty in Fall of 2006.
James has worked and recorded with artists as diverse as Joesf Glaude, Guitarist and Roger Price, Pianist and Lon De Ada, Flamenco Guitarist. He has been recorded in the Fort Smith Symphony on the NAXOS label for two CD's, and was in the orchestra for the feature length film festival documentary about the symphony called "Extreme Orchestra! Opening Night". He has also played in the OK Mozart Festival on occassion.