James Casey Rule Jr.


Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA     GPA: 3.96

Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts & Science with concentrations in Computer Science and Music Composition (B.S.), with highest honors, 2011

Lehigh University Contribution to Student Life Award
Martindale Student Associate 2010
Presidential Scholarship (free fifth year at Lehigh University)
College of Arts & Sciences Dean Selection Committee Member (only student member)
Elizabeth Major Nevius Award for leadership, citizenship and scholarship
Elisha P. Wilbur Scholarship Prize for highest sophomore G.P.A.
Donald & Dorothy Stabler Scholarship
Lehigh University Merit (NMSC) Scholarship
Lehigh Scholar Award
Class of 1972 Scholarship
2009 Lehigh University Music Department Most Valuable Sophomore Award
First Place in LVNATS Voice Competition in Song and Aria and Musical Theatre Divisions
Teufel Family Vocal Scholarship
Lehigh University Academic Symposium Exhibitor (’09 and ’11)
J. Edgar Shields Choral Cup
Dale S. Strohl Award for Research Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences

Engineering Coursework: Database Systems, Algorithms & Applications; Design & Analysis of Algorithms; C and UNIX Programming; Computer Architecture (later hired as grader); Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Structural Programming & Data Structures; Systems Programming; Automata & Formal Grammars; Operating Systems Design; Linear Methods and Differential Equations; Discrete Structures

Music Coursework:  Harmony I & II; Composition I & II; Counterpoint; Conducting I & II; Medieval and Renaissance Music; Baroque and Classical Music; Twentieth Century Music; Romantic Forms and Analysis; Advanced Analysis; Seminar in the History of Musical Style; private Composition, Choral Arranging, and Conducting lessons; private voice and piano lessons; Teaching Assistant for Basic Musicianship and Harmony II

Publications:  “Writing Lilja: A Glance at Icelandic Music and Spirit” in Perspectives On Business & Economics, Vol. 29 2011
published by the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise

C.S. Skills:

Proficiency with: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, ASP.NET(VB and C#, Webforms and MVC), SQL, XSLT, Java, Actionscript 1,2 & 3

Experience with: C, C++, Adobe Flex, JavaFX, Perl, Python, Scheme, Prolog, MIPS and 80/85 Assembly, OpenGL, SVG, Blender 3D Modeling, Ruby, LaTeX, Unix Shell Scripting, Objective C, Google Web Toolkit, Closure, AngularJS, Dojo

C.S. Experience:

Software Engineering Consultant for Morgan Stanley  Pride Technologies, July 2015 – present
work primarily with Java to develop monitoring software

Founder and Developer,  NoteNova Publishing, January 2012 – present
work primarily with PHP and Javascript to develop web-based choral music publishing business with digital distribution

Web Designer and Developer,  Suntex International, Summer 2012 – June 2015, (Interned in summer 2010 and summer 2011)
worked with HTML, ASP.NET, SQL, Flash, and Objective C to improve and develop educational online games and interfaces; designed and created the company’s first iPhone application; redesigned the website’s main player interface; developed AS3/Javascript libraries for simultaneous development of Flash and HTML5 features

Independent Web Designer and Developer, Summer 2008 – present
work with HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, JavaScript, Adobe design products to create custom websites and web features

Principal Web Developer, Roman Media Group, Roman Ventures LLC, Spring 2009 – Spring 2012
developed custom websites and add-on features; expanded and improved existing code for individual customer needs

Music Experience:

Conductor of the Lehigh University Glee Club, Lehigh University, Spring 2014
directed the Lehigh University’s men’s choir for rehearsals and performances, chose and arranged repertoire for semester, prepared group for several concerts and recordings, directed sectional rehearsals of other Choral Arts ensembles as needed

Cantor and Choral Scholar, St. Anne Catholic Church, Bethlehem, PA, 2008 – present
perform for weekly and seasonal services, recruit and manage all hired singers within the choir

Editing Assistant, Lehigh University, Dr. Steven Sametz, Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music, Spring 2008 – Spring 2012
edited scores to be sent to publisher and proofread scores from publisher; transferred hard copy manuscripts into Sibelius and Finale notation programs; assisted in music arrangement and creation of piano reductions of orchestral scores.

Director, The Lehigh Melismatics, Summer 2008 – Spring 2012
directed 5+ hours/week of rehearsal; oversaw arrangement of all pieces, producing over 70 arrangements myself; organized recruitment, auditions, concerts, competitions, recording and CD production; prepared award-winning arrangements and choreography for competitions

Intern, American Choral Directors Association 2010 Composers Forum, Summer 2010, Summer 2014
helped organize and manage week-long workshop for student and professional composers to work with composer-mentors Steven Sametz, Chen Yi, and Tania Leon; assisted composers with music notation software and general IT issues; participated in all events including composing a choral piece each year which was premiered by the Princeton Singers

Awards and Competitions:

  • The Esoterics 2016 POLYPHONOS Choral Composition Competition, Young Composer category
  • Ithaca College Thirty-Sixth Annual Choral Composition Contest Finalist and winner of the Robert Campbell ’40, M.S. ’50, Endowed Choral Composition Prize
  • 2014 ACDA-PA Choral Composition Contest Winner
  • Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble 2014 Composer Search Winner
  • Composer’s Voice Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Selectee
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble 2013-2104 Call for Scores Selectee
  • 2012 Singing City Prize for Young Composers
  • Lehigh University Williams Prize for Composition
  • Lehigh University Henderson Braddick Composition Prize
  • Outstanding Arrangement at the 2009 ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal


  • “The Singers” for The Esoterics 2016 Young Composer’s Commission
  • The Boar’s Head Carol” for the Princeton Singers
  • “Three Pastoral Scenes” for the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble (flute, clarinet, viola, cello)
  • “Lilja” for The Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise (chamber orchestra)
  • “Ave Maria” for Jane Errera, St. Anne’s Catholic Church (SATB choir)
  • “One of Wonders” for The New Covenent Christian Community Church of Bethlehem (electronic)
  • “The Juliet Quartet” orchestral arrangement for the Wilmington Community Orchestra (full orchestra)