Colleen C. Ruddy
Bassist & Music Educator
Colleen is a versatile musician and innovative teacher who brings a refined and knowledgeable approach to all of her performances and teaching opportunities. Her classical music training from Carnegie Mellon and Boston University has evolved into a thorough understanding of many styles of music.
Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Colleen's career began with an interest in film, pop and classical music at a young age. She was inspired to start playing the upright bass in fifth grade when she realized that she could play the theme from Jaws. During high school and college, Colleen continued to learn and refine a broad range of musical abilities. Her classical training was shaped by her private teachers, the Principal Bassists of the Boston and Pittsburgh Symphonies, Edwin Barker and Jeffrey Turner.
She has performed live with The Who, Game of Thrones in Concert, Andrea Bocelli, appeared as an electric bassist on NBC's The Voice, toured with Simon Cowell's pop opera group, 'Il Divo', Star Wars In Concert and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. She recently had the opportunity to perform as principal bassist with two video game orchestras, Kingdom Hearts in Concert's 2018 U.S. Tour and also Metal Gear Solid live in NY. Colleen has had the privilege of performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress, Boston's Symphony Hall & Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. Some of her other exciting projects include collaborating on a project for Dubstep DJ's Skrillex &12th Planet, successfully performing a live audition for Cirque du Soleil's finalist's pool on electric and upright bass, performing back-up vocals and bass with folk artists and rock bands around Hollywood, as well as on-camera appearances. She can be spotted in a commercial for Cirque du Soleil's casting division, an episode of MTV's Teen Wolf, NBC's 2013 TV pilot Brenda Forever and the 2012 motion picture, Atlas Shrugged II. She performs a variety of instruments at a professional level including upright bass, electric bass guitar, fretless electric bass guitar, as well as the electric stand-up bass. Colleen is continually expanding her abilities and interests. She enjoys playing the cello and singing as well.
As an active advocate for the arts & arts education, Colleen's work in the entertainment industry is also driven by a desire to teach and share her love for music with others. Her past teaching experience includes guiding and mentoring students through institutions such as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program, Harvard University and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. In addition to degrees in music performance, Colleen's training also includes completion of a music education certification program from Carnegie Mellon University. She takes great pride in her student's work and feels privileged to be part of their learning experience.