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Dr. Jessica Rugani

Clarinet, Saxophone, Beginning Piano

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Jessica Rugani traces her musical development from an early interest in piano, to a focus in clarinet and woodwind performance, as well as music composition.  She earned a doctorate and masters degree in music composition from New England Conservatory (M.M. 2011) and undergraduate studies from California State University East Bay (B.A. 2006).

Jessica has long been interested in music instruction, both individual and in the classroom. She taught private music lessons in the Bay Area for nearly ten years to students aging from 5 to adult, on clarinet, saxophone, flute, bassoon, piano, and composition. Each lesson is tailored specifically to a student’s needs and ability level. She is also a lecturer for the music department at CSU East Bay’s Concord Campus.

Compositionally, Dr. Rugani has written for varying ensembles, from the unusual bowed piano ensemble to the more traditional full orchestra, as well as much chamber music. A recent commission by Mary Matthews entitled To Laugh Often and Much (2013) for flute and piano was premiered at the National Flute Association convention in August.

Dr. Rugani has worked with members of the San Francisco Symphony and the Kronos Quartet, and studied composition with Robert Carl and Michael Gandolfi, as well as clarinet with Diane Maltester and Joel Jaffe. She is nearing completion of her doctoral dissertation at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School.

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San Ramon, CA

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Dublin, CA

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Livermore, CA

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San Ramon, CA

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Ripon, CA