“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 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