- D.M.A., String Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2007
- M.Mus., String Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1999
- B.Mus., Guitar Performance, Utah State University, 1991
Dr. James Cline has been a guitar instructor for fifteen years. In addition to teaching at Regis, he also teaches at Front Range Community College in Westminster and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette.
James earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Utah State University in 1991, where he studied with noted guitar educator and author Michael Christiansen. From 1994-1996, James taught guitar at Salt Lake Community College. Studying with Charles Wolzien, he completed his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 and recently completed his Doctorate with a guitar emphasis from the same institution (2007). James has had the honor of performing in masterclasses for some of the finest guitarists in the world, including Christopher Parkening, John Williams, and Sergio Assad.
As a classical guitarist, James has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician since 1988. His solo performances combine music from the traditional classical repertoire with more contemporary fingerstyle pieces and arrangements of familiar jazz and popular tunes. His sound combines elements of traditional classical guitarists like Christopher Parkening and Andres Segovia with the smooth jazz stylings of Earl Klugh and the exciting Latin rhythms of guitarists like Luiz Bonfa.
As a chamber musician, James works in several different settings. As a member of the Mountain Music Trio (a group composed of guitar, flute and oboe), James performed the 2003 world premiere of “Landscapes,” by American composer Chappell Kingsland, which was composed especially for that group. James also performs regularly in a duo setting with vocalists, flutists and violinists.