Chris Rua graduated magna cum lauda from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, NY with a focus in oboe. After moving to Boston in the late 70s, she became inspired by the teachings and approach to sound of Marleen Montgomery, an innovative music teacher of the time. Chris then became involved in early music and since has taught, performed, recorded and toured with such ensembles as the Early Music New York, The Christmas Revels, Piffaro, and Ex Umbris. Chris has played for English Country dancing from California to England, with Bare Necessities, at English Country dance Balls and at other dance weeks including the Berea Christmas Week, Buffalo Gap and English & American Week at Pinewoods. It has been one of her most favorite ways of making music. Besides teaching for many years at Pinewoods, Chris also directed Early Music Week from 1999-2001. She is so excited to return to camp after a long hiatus for Pinewoods has a special place in her heart.
Chris is currently on a world tour with Cirque du Soleil’s show Varekai. For over 8 years she is performing the show on a wide range of instruments from oboe to flutes, clarinet, recorders, shawms, bombards, bagpipes, percussion as well as singing. It will be a great joy for Chris to take a break, strip away all those wires and microphones and get back to pure acoustic sound, especially to hear those hermit thrushes singing throughout the woods of Pinewoods once more