Ruth Roland holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance. In over twenty-five years of teaching, she has run a successful private violin studio, taught at Cornell University, and directed the string department at St. Joseph School of Music (St. Paul, MN’s largest community music school). She has been an adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble, All-State Orchestra, and the LMTA Strings Rally. She has also conducted workshops with the Louisiana Youth Orchestras and in the Baton Rouge and Ithaca (NY) public schools. Ms. Roland is an Instructor of Violin with the Music Tree Prep School.
Among her performance credits are shows with such artists as Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, and the Moody Blues, as well as with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony, and Opéra Louisiane. In 2002 she performed the role of Ray-Bob the Fiddler in Theatre Baton Rouge’s production of Always, Patsy Cline. A recording artist as well, she has worked on several CDs, both as a backup musician and as a member of the eclectic string band Water Bear.
Ruth has lived in Baton Rouge for more than ten years with her husband and two lovely children (11 and 16 years old). She teaches a variety of styles, including classical, fiddle, and jazz. Her students sound good and have fun, some going on to conservatories and professional careers.