Bio: A member of the Rochester Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony before joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 1962, Ruggeri served as Principal Double Bassist from 1963 until stepping back from that position in 2005. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ruggeri has been featured as a soloist and a composer with a number of organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival (WY). He has taught at Southern Methodist University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Without double bass in hand, Ruggeri is active as a composer, program annotator and lecturer. Since beginning as the MSO’s program annotator in 1968, Ruggeri has gone on to provide concert notes for major arts organizations throughout the country. Ruggeri is a former vice-president of the International Society of Bassists and a past Double Bass Forum Editor for the [i]American String Teacher[/i].
Ruggeri was elected by his colleagues in 1994 as a Musician Representative to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Board; he is active on several Board committees. Since 1999 he has been a member of the Executive Board of Milwaukee’s musicians’ union (Local #8). He served as chair of the Grand Teton Music Festival Players’ Board from 1997 to 2003 and since 2004 as chair of the MSO Players’ Council. Ruggeri was also a panelist-consultant to the Music Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board.