“I have two equal and mutually reinforcing priorities: excellence and accessibility. These drive every decision I make as a conductor and as a musician.”
I want the audience to not only feel welcome, but to feel empowered, and to have a visceral, exciting experience.
I believe that the symphony orchestra can provide the most powerful experience we can have through sound.
I believe that this music can change lives for the better. Through this music, we can be reminded of the best parts of our humanity, and process emotions and feelings that we can’t otherwise access.
I have another motto: it has to mean something. I don’t believe in performing halfway, or giving a decent performance. I want this music to matter.
James named 12th Music Director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (info here)
James named one of six Conducting Fellows at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Press for The Dream Unfinished's Sing her name concert
Rave review for Geneva Light Opera's Die Fledermaus
Beautiful photos from Johnstown Symphony Orchestra by Judy Crookston here
Vocal Festival at the National Opera Center May 6 & June 10
James to conduct Die Fledermaus with Geneva Light Opera at the gorgeous Smith Opera House July 21, 23, 24
New Facebook page for Experiential Orchestra here.
James has signed with William Reinert and Associates. More information here.