Professional Bio

  • 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 teaches Applied Guitar and Ukulele, coaches the Regis Guitar Ensembles and teaches Beginning and Intermediate Class Guitar. In addition to teaching at Regis, Cline also teaches at Front Range Community College in Westminster.

Cline 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, Dr. Cline 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 completed his Doctorate with a guitar emphasis from the same institution (2007). Dr. Cline 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 recording artist, Dr. Cline has released two full-length albums, (True Elf Beauties) (2013), original duos for Ukulele and guitar, and On Four and Six (2014), arrangements for Ukulele/guitar duo. In addition, he released an EP containing his Ukulele arrangement of Vivaldi’s famous Concerto in D (2014), and continues to release new recordings on a regular basis. A full list of Cline’s recordings can be found at

As a classical guitarist, Cline 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, Dr. Cline works in several different settings. As a member of the Mountain Music Ensemble (a group composed of guitar, flute and oboe), Cline has been involved in commissioning and premiering several new works by Colorado composers. He also performs regularly in a duo setting with vocalists, flutists and violinists. An avid student of the violin and mandolin as well, Dr. Cline regularly performs with the Regis Chamber Orchestra.