James Ruff

Adjunct Artist in Music

Tenor James Ruff has received critical praise for his versatile singing on both the concert and operatic stage. He has sung as soloist with such early music groups as the Handel and Haydn Society, Newberry Consort, King’s Noyse, Aradia Ensemble, New York Collegium, Early Music New York, Music of the Baroque, NYS Baroque, My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort, Ensemble Abendmusik, La Fenice and Arcadia Players, and under such conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Parrott and Jane Glover. As a specialist in French Baroque repertoire, he sang Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and Te Deum over the CBC airwaves from Toronto. He has made numerous tours singing the title role in The Play of Daniel, with Early Music New York, at the Spoleto Festival in Italy as well as in Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, and New York City.

BM, University of Southern California; MM, Boston University
At Vassar since 2008


Skinner Hall
Box 18

Departments and Programs


MUSI 63 Voice
MUSI 163 Voice
MUSI 263 Voice
MUSI 363 Voice
MUSI 380 4th Year Instruction


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