Charles Ruggiero is a member of the College of Music faculty at Michigan State University, where he has taught both composition and music theory since 1973.
Ruggiero has composed music for orchestra, wind ensembles, chamber groups, solo instruments, and voice. Since 1980 he has produced a number of substantial compositions for the saxophone (see "Compositions"). 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.
Ruggiero''s music has been performed in Asia, Europe, South America, and throughout North America. Performances of several of his compositions are available on compact disc recordings on the ADMLIVE!, AUR/Arizona University Recordings, Blue Griffin, Centaur, Channel Crossings/Channel Classics, Crystal Records, Mark Recordings, CRI/Composers Recordings, Inc., Klavier, Sony/BMG Polska (Poland), Sunrise Music, and White Pine Music labels (see "Links").
Ruggiero is a member of ASCAP. Some of his compositions are published by Dorn Publications, Inc. (MA), RGM (WI), and the Michigan State University Press (see "Links"), but most are available directly from the composer.
Website design by Charles C. Ruggiero
Original art work by Maria Fiorenza Ruggiero Sidiropoulos
Home page photo by Susan Harbage Page, others by Susan Ruggiero Mezzadri.