Ruben Balboa

A man wearing black clothing and glasses plays the viola in front of a gray stone wall.

Assistant Director and Coordinator of The University of Texas String Project

Dr. Ruben Balboa III is an educator and violist in Austin, Texas. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Director/Coordinator of the award-winning University of Texas at Austin String Project and Lecturer at Texas State University. Previously, he was the Instructional Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University and Acting Director/Master Teacher of the Illinois State String Project. 

Dr. Balboa has also served on faculty at Austin Soundwaves, Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Youth Orchestra, Texas State String Project, and Longhorn String Camp. Additionally, he maintains a diverse private studio of violin and viola students, which includes novice and advanced young learners, avocational adults, and students with learning challenges. Balboa has made it his mission to prioritize the development of young musicians as much as possible, especially those in areas where quality music education programs are not readily available. He continues this work as a board member of the American Viola Society, serving on both the Education Committee and the Access, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee.

Balboa enjoys an active chamber music career. He was a founding member of the Favola String Quartet, which won both the Grand Prize and First Place awards at the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Other recent chamber performances have included collaborations with Anton Nel, Sandy Yamamoto, and the Miró Quartet. Dr. Balboa also enjoys presenting recitals of works for viola, voice, and piano with his wife, Dr. Samantha Balboa. This unique ensemble led him to write his doctoral research entitled: “Musical Poetry: An Examination of Works and Texts by Charles Martin Loeffler and Paul Verlaine for Viola, Voice, and Piano”. In June 2021, the pair were invited to present a program of lesser-known works for this instrumentation at the American Viola Society Festival.

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Campus location
MRH 2.628

Areas of Assistance

String Project


Doctor of Musical Arts
The University of Texas at Austin

Master of Music 
University of North Texas

Bachelor of Arts
Texas State University