James earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Conducting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Before that, he earned his Master of Music degree in Opera Direction from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bradley University.
James taught at Texas Tech from 1990 to 1994 and Northwestern Oklahoma State University from 1995 until 2006, when he took his current position at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
In addition to his work as an educator, James is also an experienced choral conductor, stage director, operatic tenor, and author.
We'll be hitting the studio with James in March to record two of his choral works for an upcoming holiday-themed compilation. To hear some live performances of his work in the meantime, you can head over to his website here.
Stay tuned, and welcome James!