- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+
- Teaching since:
I recently graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Music Performance where I studied under Chicago Symphony Bass Trombonist, Charlie Vernon, and Lyric Opera Trombonist, Mark Fisher. Prior to moving to Chicago for college, I lived and grew up in Houston, Texas where I studied under long time Houston Symphony Trombonist, John McCroskey, and current Orlando Philharmonic Trombonist, Joel Brown.
During my time in Chicago, I have performed with dozens of ensembles and organizations such as the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Lakeview Orchestra, and Windy City Winds, among others. I also just recently auditioned for, and won a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the premiere training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, and my appointment will begin in September of 2017.
I consider my training and performance experiences here in Chicago to be instrumental in my philosophy when it comes to teaching the trombone. A strong fundamental basis to playing is something that I have focused on more and more over the years, and as time goes by, I notice an enormous difference in my consistency in playing. Developing a mastery of breathing techniques, tone quality, sound production, and lip slurs allows you to perform anything you have on your music stand at an exceptionally high level. My style of teaching gives you a strong foundation for your playing by honing in on the development of these fundamentals.
This isn't to say that we will not have time to work on repertoire as well! Every student should have SOMETHING to work towards at all times! Whether it be an upcoming audition, a recital, a concert, or just a performance for your parents, having deadlines and showing dedication in meeting them shows great discipline and allows you to track your progress in a very tactile manner. We will be able to take our strong foundation that we build together and apply it to your repertoire in a way that will revolutionize how you approach music!
One of two tenor trombonists with a position in the Civic Orchestra, the premiere training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony.
Was awarded a fellowship to attend the Marrowstone Music Festival in the Summer of 2015
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I have worked with James for the past few months in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He is an outstanding player and incredibly easy to work with. He is always willing to go the extra mile, whether that means studying the part before rehearsals and practices or getting a group of friends together to learn the music we're playing. James is committed to bringing the best out in both his and his students' performances. I highly recommend James as a private instructor.+ Read More