Bruce earned his Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he was the teaching assistant to Masau Kawasaki. He also spent two years at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, studying with Hatto Beyerle, formerly of the Alban Berg String Quartet. In addition, his training included coaching with the LaSalle and Tokyo Quartets.
In New Orleans, Bruce is the instructor of viola at Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts where he also coaches chamber music. In 2006, he founded Musaica, a chamber ensemble made up of colleagues from the LPO and Loyola which presents a regular series of concerts featuring both new and less frequently heard works. The group, which was hailed by the Times-Picayune as “a triumph of musicianship and adventurous programming" won the Gambit "Tribute to the Classical Arts" award for best chamber music concert of 2007, and has been nominated each subsequent year. Musaica's website is www.musaica.org.
Bruce also takes an active role in music education for kids. He has served on the LPO's education committee and helped organize its Young Artist Concerto Competition as well as serving on the board of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO). In addition, he teaches at GNOYO's annual summer festival. Bruce does master classes and performances around the country including recent visits to the University of New Mexico and Florida State University. As a member of the American Viola Society, Bruce has also, in the past couple of years, hosted or participated in viola festivals at LSU in Baton Rouge, USM in Hattiesburg and at Loyola in New Orleans.
Bruce spends his summers in the viola section of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, playing weekly orchestra concerts with musicians from around the country. While in Colorado, he has a goal to hike all of the state’s 14ers (the 54 peaks higher than 14,000 feet), and has done 36 of those as of 2011. Besides hiking, Bruce also enjoys biking, photography, writing, and traveling by train. He can be reached at BruceOwen@aol.com.