“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.


EXO's Stravinsky Festival photos here and here

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.

James named one of six Music Director finalists for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania). Info here